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Seattle Mariners rumors: Nelson Cruz, Fernando Rodney linked to Mariners again

Fernando Rodney might want to sign with the Seattle Mariners this offseason.
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Seattle Mariners rumors have the team linked to Nelson Cruz and Fernando Rodney again. These fresh Seattle Mariners rumors come from analyst Ken Rosenthal, who is indicating that the team is trying hard to make several moves. According to a report from Thursday (Jan. 30), the team is showing "strong interest" in landing Cruz and Rodney. It doesn't end there, though, as the team is also trying to add another starting pitcher.

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Signing Cruz would certainly give the team a power-hitter in the middle of the lineup, but he has not done well at Safeco Field over his baseball career. The signing is seen as a big risk by many fans, but there are also those supporters that just want the team to take some risks to try to get back in contention in the American League West.

As for Rodney, he has been the closer for the Tampa Bay Rays over the past two seasons, but the team decided to go in a different direction for the 2014 MLB season. With many teams already set at the position, it has opened the door for the M's to sweep in and grab him. He would immediately become the ninth inning option and could provide a lot of entertainment on the mound.

It has been noted before that Cruz, Rodney, and Robinson Cano all played for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic, so they should all be familiar with one another. As for the intriguing Seattle Mariners rumors about adding a starting pitcher, Rosenthal suggests that it could come through a trade. He doesn't hazard a guess about what player might have the interest of the front office, but it could involve Nick Franklin being included in any deal.

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