Mariners remain in hunt for free agent slugger Cano

While rumors continue to build and swirl about the Seattle Mariners' growing interest in free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, general manager Jack Zduriencik would do nothing to supplement them.

On Wednesday, Zduriencik held a conference call with local media to discuss the upcoming winter meetings. The odds of Zduriencik discussing any specifics were slim. He has rarely, if ever, commented on player negotiations, potential free agent signings or trades.

"I wanted to give you an update as much as I can without saying anything," Zduriencik said jokingly.

The Mariners are clearly interested in Cano. Some of that dialogue has been with Cano's representatives. Both sides met face to face last week and again on Monday.

It would be a major coup for the Mariners and a bigger investment. But there is an understanding in the organization that they will have to overpay to get Cano

It could be an 8- or 9-year contract worth more than $200 million. It was initially reported that Cano's original asking price to the New York Yankees was 10 years, $300 million. That demand has supposedly lessened in recent weeks.

The Yankees are reportedly standing firm, refusing to offer more than 7 years, $170-175 million.

While not specifically discussing Cano's demands, Zduriencik admitted he isn't a fan of huge, long-term contracts, but said it's part of the cost of adding talent.

If money isn't an issue for the Mariners, it comes down to Cano and whether the five-time all-star would take less money to stay in New York with the Yankees, a perennial playoff participant, or come to Seattle for more money and play for a franchise still in rebuilding mode.

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