The fact that they’re looking for pop is not surprising. But Buster raises a good question:
Mariners are said to be targeting Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran. A major question looms: Will elite free agents seriously consider Seattle?
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 26, 2013
Cruz I could see, simply because I feel like his market may be a bit constrained overall and Seattle may represent his best bet. Beltran has many more options and the question of “do I go to Seattle?” is highly unlikely to ever come up for him.
As for hitters steering clear of Seattle in general? Probably worth noting that, while Safeco did not become a hitter’s haven as a result of moving in the fences before the 2013 season, it did catapult from the worst park for hitters in baseball in 2012 to middle-of-the-pack this past season. Granted, single season park factors can be misleading, but it may be something where, over time, the place starts to lose its reputation as the ballpark where hitters go to die.