Mariners have had trade talks for Tigers’ Brennan Boesch

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The Mariners are hoping to land a top free agent outfielder like Josh Hamilton or Nick Swisher.

If that doesn’t happen they do have other avenues.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the M’s have had “preliminary discussions” with the Tigers about a Brennan Boesch trade. “No such move is close,” writes Morosi, but that could change later this winter.

Boesch, a 27-year-old corner outfielder, owns a .259/.315/.414 career batting line through 380 major league games. He finished fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2010.

The Tigers would probably want a left-handed reliever or a young starting pitcher in return.