The Seattle Mariners and free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton are discussing potential three-year contracts worth up to $25 million per season, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday. The deals being thrown around sit in the range of $20 million to $25 million per year, Rosenthal reported.
Sources: #Mariners have discussed three-year deals with Hamilton in range of $20M to $25M per season.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2012
The Mariners and Texas Rangers have been the two most active teams in pursuit of Hamilton, who left this week's Winter Meetings without a contract in hand. Mariners president Chuck Armstrong told The Seattle Times that the Mariners were still interested in Hamilton, but they were waiting to see where other free-agent dominoes fall. Where Hamilton goes could depend on whether the Rangers sign pitcher Zack Greinke. If they do, they would be unlikely to fork over the kind of money needed to sign Hamilton.