After shelling out $240 million to secure the services of Robinson Cano, the Seattle Mariners have made a few minor additions. But now it looks like Jack Zduriencik and company are back to spending big bucks.
The M’s have reportedly signed former Rays closer Fernando Rodney to a 2-year deal worth more than $14 million and are also said to be “all in” and cautiously optimistic that they will be able to sign outfielder Nelson Cruz. In an attempt to catch up with division powerhouses Oakland and Texas, the Mariners have made some bold decisions this offseason. Seattle fans can only hope that their moves turn out better than those made by the Los Angeles Angels in recent years.
Much like the Astros, the Mariners have built a fairly deep crop of young talent in their farm system. Highly touted prospects Taijuan Walker, Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, Nick Franklin, and James Paxton all made their big league debuts in 2013. Now the Mariners are throwing money at Free Agents in an effort to get to the next level. Is this a sound strategy? You can bet the Astros will be paying attention to see how things work out in Seattle.
I find it pretty interesting that the only team that received revenue sharing last season is suddenly so flush with cash. Add in the fact that Zduriencik was dragged through the mud in the local media by former members of the organization and this becomes one of the more interesting story lines of 2014. One of two things is bound to happen. Either the M’s are going to become contenders, or they are about to find themselves looking up at the Astros in the standings.
Danny Farquhar should settle into a setup role after the addition of Fernando Rodney (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)