Somehow, the impression at these winter meetings is that the Seattle Mariners have almost unlimited cash available, which has resulted in their being linked to almost every interesting free agent out there.
"Who are we signing now?" asked Pedro Grifol, Seattle's minor league director.
He was kidding.
In blogs, tweets and radio broadcasts this morning, the Mariners are said to be pursuing Jason Bay, John Lackey, Marlon Byrd, Joel Pineiro, Randy Wolf and Miguel Olivo.
The reality is, after they get the Chone Figgins deal done - and the results of his physical are 'pending' - the Mariners figure to have about $15 million available to do whatever else they can.
If Adrian Beltre accepts arbitration, they'd have to budget about $12 million for him, which would eat most of the remaining pie. If Beltre says 'no thanks,' the Mariners will go back to shopping.
But not just for free agents. Jack Zduriencik is building a team, not buying one, and that means moving players who don't quite fit - an important factor in the process - for those who do.
And here's one for you, a player Seattle did not sign: Ex-Mariner Scott Atlchison, after spending two seasons in Japan, has signed a deal with the Boston Red Sox and will go to spring training with them.
Good luck, Scotty!