Mariners Insider Blog

Marlins, not Mariners, making the early headlines

While Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik stayed well below the radar at the winter meetings, the Florida Marlins continued to attack the free agent market like a greedy child - throwing a 10-year conract offer at Albert Pujols.

The Marlins were accused last month of making offers simply to make headlines, but no one is saying that now. After landing closer Heath Bell and shortstop Jose Reyes, Florida continues to play the field heavily, and hasan  offer out to lefty Mark Buerhle, as well.

The Mariners, meanwhile, seemed to be quietly kicking tires on first baseman Prince Fielder, chatting up lefties Jamie Moyer and Jeff Francis and talking to teams about infielder Chone Figgins.

And this is just Day Two of the winter meetings in Dallas.

With everyone looking for starting pitching, the Colorado Rockies acquired right-hander Kevin Slowey from the Twins for a player to be named. Slowey went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA last season and was going to be non-tendered, but the  Rockies thought he was worth a shot as a back-end of the rotation arm. The Dodgers signed another righty, Aaron Harang, to a two-year, $12 million deal.

Pat Gillick, now a special advisor with the Phillies, thinks former Mariner lefty George Sherrill would help the Philadelphia bullpen, and the team is talking to the free agent.