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MLB roundup: Cano in talks with Mariners

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The top player on the free agent market reportedly is headed to the Pacific Northwest -- at least for a visit.

Second baseman Robinson Cano was flying to Seattle on Thursday to meet with the Mariners, according to multiple media outlets.

ESPN Deportes reported that the Mariners were set to give the former New York Yankees star a 10-year contract valued at $230 million to $240 million. However, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that while Cano was seeking $240 million for 10 years, Seattle was not prepared to pay more than $200 million.

The Yankees' best offer to sign Cano so far is pegged at around $175 million for seven years. His agent, Jay-Z, wants Cano to remain in New York.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik refused to comment on Seattle's pursuit of Cano.

Cano, 31, is a career .309 hitter with 204 home runs and 822 RBIs in nine seasons with the Yankees. He is also one of the top defensive second basemen in the American League and is extremely durable, playing in a minimum of 159 regular-season games the past seven years.

Last season, Cano played in 160 games and batted .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.

--Reliever Brian Wilson and the Los Angeles Dodgers reached an agreement on a one-year, $10 million contract with a player option for 2015 worth $8.5 million, according to multiple media reports.

Wilson did not pitch until late August after recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery in April 2012. In the regular season and playoffs with Los Angeles, Wilson allowed just one run in 19 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers plan to use Wilson, a three-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, as the primary setup man to closer Kenley Jansen.

--Phil Hughes hopes a change of scenery will help him get his career back on track.

The Minnesota Twins formally announced the signing of the right-handed pitcher to a three-year, $24 million contract on Thursday.

Hughes was surprised to receive a three-year contract.

"I want to out-perform this deal," Hughes said. "The Twins really stepped up for me, and I want to repay them for that. I think it's a good situation all around."

After going 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 2012 with the Yankees, Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013, surrendering 170 hits in 145 2/3 innings. He is 56-50 with a 4.54 ERA in his career.

--The Seattle Mariners are bringing back veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist, who signed a two-year contract with the team.

Bloomquist, 36, spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last season, he appeared in 48 games and had 139 at-bats.

--The Milwaukee Brewers acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from the Kansas City Royals on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Norichika Aoki.

Smith, 24, went 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 19 games last season. He held opponents to a .202 batting average and struck out 43 batters in 33 1/3 innings.

Aoki, 31, batted .286 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 20 steals in 2013. He will be the first Japanese-born position player in Royals history.

--Tampa Bay Rays left-handed starter David Price, long expected to be on the trade market this offseason, is drawing considerable interest with at least seven teams known to be showing strong interest.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Mariners, Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays are in pursuit of Price, who won the 2012 American League Cy Young and is under contract through the 2015 season.

The budget-conscious Rays were successful unloading starters under team control in previous deals that sent Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs and James Shields to the Kansas City Royals for top prospects.
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