The Seattle Mariners made a big splash on Friday when they signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to the third-biggest contract in sports history — 10 years, $240 million.
It’s an almost absurd commitment for a team that finished 71-91 in 2013, has multiple holes to fill and doesn’t typically hand out mega-contracts. When viewed from that perspective, the signing has largely been tabbed a head-scratcher with disaster potential in its later years. However, as Yahoo’s Jeff Passan noted on Friday , the Mariners have an opportunity to make it a meaningful signing in the immediate future, but to do so they must continue striking while the iron is hot and focus on short-term success.
That means they’ll need to stay aggressive — and likely continue overpaying — on additional free agents and trade targets to supplement their roster for the next two or three seasons. As we’ve seen in recent seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins, this strategy is more often a recipe for disaster than success, but once you’ve put that first foot through the door it’s difficult to go back.
With that in mind, here’s a look at a few potential targets that have been linked to Seattle that would qualify as quick impact acquisitions.
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