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November 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

A few afternoon Mariners-related links — Don Wakamatsu, Raul Ibanez candidates for Rays’ managerial opening

Just catching up on some of the news around baseball this afternoon. Let’s start with the Rays managerial search. Why? Because there’s a few familiar names listed as the early candidates. The Rays even announced them which is pretty cool.

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So former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, who also interviewed for the Astros job, and Raul Ibanez are listed as early candidates. I think Wakamatsu deserves another chance at managing. Ibanez is an interesting candidate. He has no managerial experience whatsoever. But that’s how much he’s respected as a person to get this opportunity. If he doesn’t get it, it’s likely he will become a hitting coach for the Yankees, per several sources in New York.

Here’s Marc Topkin’s blog on the search.

Peter Gammons also tweeted out that one-time Mariners director of minor league operations and big league coach Pedro Grifol may also get an interview.

Here’s a few more links

*** Colin O’Keefe, a fellow Montana grad, wrote about Victor Martinez in quite detail.  He is the Mariners’ preferred choice of all free agents.

*** Lookout Landing also has Kyle Seager’s Top 10 defensive plays of this season.

*** So the Rockies are “willing to listen” on offers on Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Remember “willing to listen” is far from “shopping” or “on the trading block” or any other cliche.

They certainly could trade either for the right price. And the Mariners have enough in prospects to make the move – it would have to be Taijuan Walker and probably DJ Peterson to start the conversation. It’s a matter of how much they want to spend on salary. Tulo makes a lot of dollars and CarGo isn’t cheap either and his home/road splits (below) might be an issue.

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Really think the Mets (lots of pitching prospects) would make a push for Tulowitzki, as will the Yankees – a team Tulowitzki would like to play for.

*** The Mariners are listed among the teams interested in Yasmany Tomas per CBS’ Jon Heyman.  He lists the Phillies as the favorite for the slugging Cuban outfielder. He mentions a price tag of $100 million, which seems a bit high for the Mariners’ tastes. Seattle is supposedly going to have a private workout with Tomas in the Dominican Republic.

*** Jeff Passon of Yahoo has his always useful “free agent tracker” list of 150 free agents. Some good info in here.

*** Nelson Cruz would prefer to stay with the Orioles.

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