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December 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

A quick look at what’s left of the free agent market

On Friday following the Corey Hart-Logan Morrison press conference, general manager Jack Zduriencik talked about what the Mariners need to add before spring training. The easiest way is obviously through free agency. That way the team doesn’t have give up any prospects.

Zduriencik mentioned starting pitching help, a right-handed bat (likely an outfielder), bullpen help and a back-up catcher.

From MLB Trade rumors, here’s the list of the remaining free agents left on the market. Obviously there are some decent starting pitchers on the market, but the price tags for Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana are pretty significant. It sounds as though the Rakuten Golden Eagles may wait a year to post Masahiro Tanaka. 

The Mariners are considering bringing back Franklin Gutierrez on a 1-year incentive laden deal. It would be a low-risk investment, but even adding another outfielder might not be a bad idea. Right now, the Mariners only have Michael Saunders in center field. Dustin Ackley started 46 games in center field last season, but the Mariners seem to view him more as a full-time left fielder and a part-time center fielder. Also having a strong defensive outfielder would be good as a late-inning replacement.

There are some interesting options at back-up catcher. Most of them are right-handed bats, which isn’t a complete drawback even if Mike Zunino is also a right-handed hitter.

The Mariners would prefer to add relief help with closing experience. But Zduriencik hinted that they won’t spend a ton of money for that help.

Catchers

  • John Buck (33)
  • Hector Gimenez (31)
  • Ramon Hernandez (38)
  • Koyie Hill (35)
  • Lou Marson (27)
  • Michael McKenry (29)
  • Miguel Olivo (35)
  • Humberto Quintero (34)
  • Kelly Shoppach (34)
  • Kurt Suzuki (30)
  • Taylor Teagarden (30)
  • Yorvit Torrealba (35)

First Basemen

  • Jeff Baker (33)
  • Yuniesky Betancourt (32)
  • Casey Kotchman (31)
  • Casey McGehee (31)
  • Kendrys Morales (30)
  • Lyle Overbay (37)
  • Carlos Pena (36)
  • Mark Reynolds (30)
  • Chad Tracy (34)
  • Ty Wigginton (36)
  • Kevin Youkilis (35)

Second Basemen

  • Alexi Casilla (29)
  • Jamey Carroll (40)
  • Chris Getz (30)
  • Alberto Gonzalez (31)
  • Paul Janish (31)
  • Elliot Johnson (30)
  • Brian Roberts (36)
  • Ramon Santiago (34)
  • Jordany Valdespin (26)

Shortstops

  • Robert Andino (30)
  • Jamey Carroll (40)
  • Alexi Casilla (29)
  • Stephen Drew (31)
  • Alex Gonzalez (36)
  • Nick Green (35)
  • Cesar Izturis (34)
  • Paul Janish (31)
  • Elliot Johnson (30)
  • Munenori Kawasaki (32)
  • John McDonald (39)
  • Jayson Nix (31)
  • Omar Quintanilla (32)
  • Cody Ransom (38)

 

Third Basemen

  • Yuniesky Betancourt (32)
  • Wilson Betemit (32)
  • Jamey Carroll (40)
  • Eric Chavez (36)
  • Brandon Inge (37)
  • Elliot Johnson (30)
  • Casey McGehee (31)
  • Chris Nelson (28)
  • Placido Polanco (38)
  • Cody Ransom (38)
  • Mark Reynolds (30)
  • Chad Tracy (34)
  • Justin Turner (29)
  • Ty Wigginton (36)
  • Kevin Youkilis (35)
  • Michael Young (37)

Left Fielders

  • Jeff Baker (33)
  • Jason Bay (35)
  • Brennan Boesch (29)
  • Chris Coghlan (29)
  • Trevor Crowe (30)
  • Chris Dickerson (32)
  • Sam Fuld (32)
  • Raul Ibanez (42)
  • Reed Johnson (37)
  • Laynce Nix (33)
  • Xavier Paul (29)
  • Juan Pierre (36)
  • Derrick Robinson (26)
  • Jordany Valdespin (26)
  • Delmon Young (28)
  • Rick Ankiel (34)

Center Fielders

  • Trevor Crowe (30)
  • Franklin Gutierrez (31)
  • Grady Sizemore (31)
  • Andres Torres (36)
  • Dewayne Wise (36)

Right Fielders

  • Jeff Baker (33)
  • Roger Bernadina (30)
  • Brennan Boesch (29)
  • Shin-Soo Choo (31)
  • Tyler Colvin (28)
  • Trevor Crowe (30)
  • Nelson Cruz (33)
  • Jeff Francoeur (30)

Designated Hitters

  • Lance Berkman (37)
  • Shelley Duncan (34)
  • Travis Hafner (37)
  • Raul Ibanez (42)
  • Kendrys Morales (30)
  • Luke Scott (36)
  • Delmon Young (28)
  • Michael Young (37)

Starting Pitchers

  • Alfredo Aceves (31)
  • Bronson Arroyo (37)
  • Dylan Axelrod (28)
  • Scott Baker (32)
  • Erik Bedard (35)
  • Travis Blackley (31)
  • A.J. Burnett (37)
  • Chris Capuano (35)
  • Bruce Chen (37)
  • Jeff Francis (33)
  • Freddy Garcia (37)
  • Jon Garland (34)
  • Matt Garza (30)
  • Chad Gaudin (31)
  • Jason Hammel (31)
  • Tommy Hanson (27)
  • Aaron Harang (36)
  • Jeremy Hefner (28)
  • Ubaldo Jimenez (30)
  • Jair Jurrjens (28)
  • Jeff Karstens (31)
  • John Lannan (29)
  • Paul Maholm (32)
  • Shaun Marcum (32)
  • Jason Marquis (35)
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka (33)
  • James McDonald (29)
  • Jeff Niemann (31)
  • Sean O’Sullivan (26)
  • Roy Oswalt (35)
  • Greg Reynolds (28)
  • Clayton Richard (30)
  • Ervin Santana (31)
  • Johan Santana (34)
  • Joe Saunders (33)
  • Kevin Slowey (30)
  • Masahiro Tanaka (25) – right to sign will be acquired via posting system for Japanese players
  • Tsuyoshi Wada (33)
  • Jake Westbrook (36)
  • Chien-Ming Wang (34)
  • Jerome Williams (32)
  • Suk-Min Yoon (27)
  • Barry Zito (36)

Closers

  • Andrew Bailey (30)
  • Grant Balfour (36)
  • Joaquin Benoit (36)
  • Rafael Betancourt (39)
  • Kevin Gregg (36)
  • Joel Hanrahan (32)
  • Ryan Madson (33)
  • Chris Perez (28)
  • Fernando Rodney (37)
  • Jose Veras (33)

Right-Handed Relievers

  • David Aardsma (32)
  • Matt Albers (31)
  • Scott Atchison (38)
  • Hector Ambriz (30)
  • Luis Ayala (36)
  • Matt Belisle (34)
  • Mitchell Boggs (30)
  • Michael Bowden (27)
  • Jesse Crain (32)
  • Octavio Dotel (40)
  • Kyle Farnsworth (38)
  • Frank Francisco (34)
  • Matt Guerrier (35)
  • J.C. Gutierrez (30)
  • Phil Humber (30)
  • Kameron Loe (32)
  • Brandon Lyon (34)
  • Carlos Marmol (31)
  • Cristhian Martinez (32)
  • Kyle McPherson (25)
  • Zach Miner (32)
  • Brett Myers (33)
  • Pat Neshek (33)
  • Francisco Rodriguez (31)
  • Henry Rodriguez (27)
  • Sandy Rosario (28)
  • Jose Valverde (36)
  • Jamey Wright (39)

Left-Handed Relievers

  • Travis Blackley (31)
  • Scott Downs (38)
  • Mike Gonzalez (36)
  • Rich Hill (34)
  • J.P. Howell (31)
  • Jose Mijares (29)
  • Eric O’Flaherty (29)
  • Oliver Perez (32)
  • Matt Thornton (37)

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