It wasn’t unexpected that on the first day they could, Mariners Raul Ibanez, Willie Bloomquist and Miguel Cairo filed for free agency.
Now, all three can begin fielding offers, although for the next two weeks only their team of origin – Seattle – can actually offer a contract.
Ibanez and Cairo couldn’t be reached Friday, and Raul’s telephone mailbox was so full it couldn’t accept another message.
Bloomquist, however, chatted about the process of free agency, comparing it to his high school days, waiting for scholarship offers.
You can read more about the three free agents and see what Willie had to say in a story here.
As for the Mariners, the new GM and his staff are already huddling in Southern Califonia, where the GM meetings begin on Monday.
Just who they’ll pursue among their own free agents is a question Jack Zduriencik isn’t yet prepared to discuss.