Ramirez, 30, played the last two-and-a-half seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers after playing the first six-plus seasons of his career with the Miami Marlins. He batted .283 with 13 home runs and 71 RBI last season for the Dodgers.
One year after signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract, Rosenthal reports the Mariners are not likely to give out another $100 million contract this offseason.
According to Rosenthal, Martinez is the team's top target in free agency. The 35-year-old designated hitter set a career high with 32 home runs last season for the Detroit Tigers while batting .335 and leading the league with a .409 OBP.
The Mariners finished 87-75 last season and in third place in the AL West.
- Paul Palladino