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Seth Smith Drawing Interest from Mariners

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 29:  Seth Smith #7 of the Colorado Rockies connects for a single in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 29, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 29: Seth Smith #7 of the Colorado Rockies connects for a single in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 29, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Mariners are reportedly interested in Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports via twitter, but he can't yet confirm that any talks have yet occurred. This follows rumors from earlier today that the Mariners are interested in Prince Fielder, though obvious contractual limitations would be an issue. Both rumors indicate the Mariners are looking to upgrade their offense and build something around power-hitting Justin Smoak.

The 29 year-old Smith has four full seasons with Colorado (and a fifth with only 8 plate appearances), where he's built a solid career around a .275 / .348 / .485 hitting line while hitting an average of 15 or more home runs over the past three seasons. His best season was 2009, generating 2 wins above replacement and hitting .293.

No real juice here yet, but there's little question Seattle has a better chance at landing Smith than Fielder.