In their search for offense on the free-agent market, the Mariners have interest in Hanley Ramirez, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rosenthal notes that Victor Martinez appears to be the team's top priority this winter, especially if they are unwilling to commit a contract of more than $100 million to someone like Ramirez.
The market for Ramirez is murky at this point, with the Dodgers' front office changes seeming to delay things a bit. Ramirez is a lock to decline his $15.1 million qualifying offer from the team, guaranteeing them draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.
Seattle is also likely to pursue catcher Russell Martin, who is drawing interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, Pirates and Blue Jays, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The team may schedule a meeting with Martin, who already met with the Cubs and is planning to meet with other teams this week.
The Mariners have been looking for offense for the better part of a year now, and are likely to be seen as a player on most available bats. Other options for the team could include free-agent Billy Butler, or trade candidates like Marlon Byrd or Matt Kemp.