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MLB rumors 2014: Seattle Mariners in on Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez?

Ubaldo Jimenez is one of the big name free agents still available on the market.
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MLB rumors from 2014 have the Seattle Mariners in on Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Bronson Arroyo. These latest 2014 MLB rumors come from a report Tuesday (Jan. 28) on CBS. According to the report, the team has had discussions with five or six of the biggest free agents still available this offseason. That list includes Santana, Jimenez, Arroyo, Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales, and Fernando Rodney.

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General manager Jack Zduriencik made some comments that have gained a lot of traction, leading to quite a few stories about what the team might have left to do before Spring Training. Zduriencik stated, "I can't tell you we are exactly done. We are exploring avenues. In terms of jumping in on the big guys, that has yet to be determined." Then there was new team president Kevin Mather suggesting that the team has more financial flexibility than what has been previously reported by the press.

It has been clear for a while that fans in the Pacific Northwest would like to see the team add another significant piece before the beginning of the season. Whether that comes in the form of protection in the batting order for Robinson Cano or a good pitcher to put in the No. 3 slot of the starting rotation, it would certainly be welcomed by fans. The biggest question is whether one of these remaining free agents would be committed to coming to Safeco Field for the next few years.

There are plenty of 2014 MLB rumors about players like Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez, with teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles very much wanting to sign them. This might be the perfect opportunity for the Seattle Mariners to snag Bronson Arroyo on a two-year deal and use him as an innings eater until the younger pitchers are ready to move up in the rotation. Still being mentioned in the discussions for Santana and Jimenez will also help create more buzz for the team moving forward.

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