The Mariners appear close to a reaching agreement with veteran outfielder/first baseman Xavier Nady on a minor-league deal.
Nady, 35, chose to become a free agent earlier this month rather than accept an outright assignment by San Diego to Triple-A El Paso. He was just 5-for-37 in 22 games for the Padres prior to being designated for assignment.
The tentative plan is for Nady to report to Triple-A Tacoma in what amounts to a tryout. If productive, he would likely be summoned to the big-league club in hopes is he could provide a right-handed power bat to a lefty-heavy lineup.
Nady has slash of .268/.323/432 (batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage) with 104 homers and 410 RBIs in 961 career big-league games over 12 seasons with eight teams.
He spent last season at Triple-A in the Kansas City and Colorado systems before signing in January with the Padres as a free agent..