Mariners Insider Blog

The free agent market is sizzling - for infielders

Infielders have largely been the flavor of the day at the general managers meetings, where announced signings include second basemen Mark Ellis (Dodgers) and Aaron Hill (Diamondbacks) and shortstop Jamey Carroll (Twins).

Carroll, who has played second base, landed a two-year, $6.75 million deal with an option season. Ellis has a two-year deal worth $8.75 that also includes an option year. Hill's extension is a flat two years, but worth $11.5 million.

Outfielders? Well, the San Diego Padres did sign one - Mark Kotsay - for one year at $1.75 million.

Now, a few rumors floating in the ethernet:

  • Seattle catcher Adam Moore, who was batting .100 after seven Arizona Fall League games, has hit safely in 13 of 15 games - .360 over his last seven - to pull his AFL average to .235. Moore, remember,  missed all of 2011 with a knee injury.
  • The general managers meetings are being held in Milwaukee this week, and while it's unlikely much will happen, teams do start the groundwork. Here's an intriguing line from the Denver Post's Troy Renck: 'Another name to file away is Seattle’s Chone Figgins. If the Mariners are willing to eat nearly all of his remaining salary in exchange for a prospect then the Rockies would be interested.'
  • The Angels would love nothing more than to land starting pitcher C.J. Wilson, which would strengthen their rotation and weaken that of division-rival Texas.
  • The Milwaukee is after shortstop Rafael Furcal, 34, who wants a three-year deal. The Brewers backup plan: Bring back Yuniesky Betancourt, who they bought out of his final contract year for $2 million. Yikes!
  • Theo Epstein's approach witht he Chicago Cubs may be international: He's thought to be in the running for both Japan's Yu Darvish and Cuba's  Yoenis Cespedes.
  • The Washington Nationals didn't waste any time at the GM meetings, sitting down with the agents for pitchers Wilson, Roy Oswalt and Mark Buerhle on the first evening.
  • Where's the free agent market? Well, closer Jonathon Papelbon set the bar high with a four-year, $50 million with Philadelphia, now it appears the Miami Marlins have lobbed a six-year, $90-million offer at shortstop Jose Reyes.
  • ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore has drawn interest from eight teams - none of them the Mariners.