Seattle has held talks with the Tigers about acquiring lefty slugger Boesch.
No such move is close, the sources said, but Boesch remains a secondary possibility for the Mariners in the event that their top outfield targets — Josh Hamilton chief among them — end up elsewhere.
The Tigers could seek left-handed relief pitching in return for Boesch, and the Mariners are positioned to have three lefties in their bullpen: Oliver Perez, Lucas Luetge and former Tiger Charlie Furbush.
Following a breakout 2011 that earned Boesch the starting gig in right field for the Tigers, the 27-year-old had a rough go of it this past season. The lefty slugger hit just .240/.286/.372 with 12 home runs in 132 games, and found himself on the bench for much of the tail end of the season.