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A few Thankgiving leftovers - tidbits from a slow off-season

It just seems quiet on the baseball front. Look around hard enough, there's always tidbits.

Here are a few of interest.

- Raul Ibanez remains high on the list of at least three playoff-caliber teams, with the Cubs, Phillies and Mets each talking to his agent this week. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik talked to Ibanez's agent, but was returning the call, not making an offer.

That's two things working against Ibanez coming back. First, he wants to win. Second, he doesn't want to be a DH, so a National League team has even more appeal.

- Former Mariners catcher Rene Rivera signed a minor league deal with the Mets, and will go to spring training with them as the No. 4 catcher.

- One of the many Seattle hitting coaches of the last five years – the Mariners have had six – Don Baylor was hired by the Colorado Rockies as their batting coach. Baylor once managed the Rockies.

Chris Widger, the catcher drafted by the Mariners in 1992, retired in 2006 after playing with six big-league teams – including Seattle – and winning a ring as a member of the '05 White Sox.

This week, the 37-year-old Widger was inducted into the South Jersey Hall of Fame.

-Using a Thanksgiving theme, one east coast columnist wrote about the 'turkeys' in this years free-agent market. He began with a question – Who will be this years Carlos Silva?