According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Seattle Mariners are making it a priority to pursue designated hitter Victor Martinez in an effort to bolster the club’s offense. They are also looking to fill the left side of the their infield. They are showing interest in 3B/SS Hanley Ramirez, although Rosenthal mentioned late last night that it’s unlikely the club will make another $100+ million signing. However, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the club is “aggressively pursuing” Ramirez.
Victor Martinez, who’ll turn 36 in December, concluded the 2014 season with terrific numbers as he registered a .335/.409/.567 batting line with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs in 151 games with the Detroit Tigers. The designated hitter will possibly want to sign a four-year contract this offseason.
Hanley Ramirez, who’ll soon be 31, posted a .283/.369/.448 slash with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 128 games this year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The all-star shortstop already made known that he’s willing to play third base or any position he’s required to.
Both of these offensive players won’t enter the free-agent market until they decline their $15.3-million qualifying offers, which they are expected to do. The deadline to accept the offers is Monday at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.