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December 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

An update on the Mariners, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano

Just got back to the Puget Sound.

Spoke with Robinson Cano this morning after he finished his workouts in the Dominican Republic.

His foot is at 90 percent, but he’s happy the broken toe has healed enough to allow him to work out. He’s looking to trim some weight off his frame. Manager Lloyd McClendon told him he wants to take off about 10 pounds this offseason.

Cano said he was very happy with the signing of Nelson Cruz. He had spoken with Cruz multiple times this offseason about joining the Mariners.

Cano also said he’s spoken briefly with Melky Cabrera about following Cruz to Seattle. Cano and Cabrera are friends from their Yankee days. Cano said he was selling Cabrera on the idea of how strong the Mariners could be if he joined Cruz in the every day lineup.

There seems to be a mild impasse for Cabrera and the Mariners. The two sides met multiple times in San Diego. Seattle offered Cabrera a three-year contract, and Cabrera is looking for at least four years. Per ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas, no team has offered Cabrera a fourth year. The Giants, Orioles,  Royals and White Sox are said to have shown some interest.

That seems to be the sticking point. Could the Mariners give in? It’s possible. It seems unlikely that any of the other teams will give that fourth year. The Mariners’ need for outfielder might outweigh their desire to be frugal

If this deal is going to happen, it seems likely to get done in the next 10 days. The Mariners need to find a right fielder. And they are going to let his situation become protracted and not have any alternatives if it doesn’t happen.

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