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Seattle Mariners seen as favorites to sign Royals’ outfield target Melky Cabrera

The Royals have expressed interest in signing outfielder Melky Cabrera, but remain wary of his current contract demands, according to people familiar with the situation. Another team has emerged as the leading candidate for Cabrera’s services this week: the Seattle Mariners.
The Royals have expressed interest in signing outfielder Melky Cabrera, but remain wary of his current contract demands, according to people familiar with the situation. Another team has emerged as the leading candidate for Cabrera’s services this week: the Seattle Mariners. The Associated Press

A couple notes on outfield options for the Royals as the Winter Meetings begin officially on Monday:

1. The Royals have expressed interest in signing outfielder Melky Cabrera, but remain wary of his current contract demands, according to people familiar with the situation. Another team has emerged as the leading candidate for Cabrera’s services this week: the Seattle Mariners.

Bob Dutton, the longtime Star sportswriter who is now manning the keyboard at the Tacoma News-Tribune, wrote about Seattle’s interest in Cabrera last week. The story has been followed up by various national reporters in recent days. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was succinct in his reportage, writing Seattle was “serious about Melky. They want him.”

Cabrera enjoyed his time in Kansas City and would welcome a return to Kauffman Stadium, according to a person familiar with his thought process. He played well for the Royals in 2011. But at 30, this may be his best chance to find a significant, big-money contract. The Royals may not be the team to offer such a pact.

Kansas City appears to be taking the same stance with both Cabrera and starter Ervin Santana. They are monitoring the situation on each man, but still reticent about offering a five-year deal. The club has not given any indications they will waver in that stance — yet.

2. Dayton Moore has been open about his interest in retaining Nori Aoki, who hit well for the team in September after a tepid start to the season. One potential snag in a reunion — outside the obvious caveats about finding an actual deal the two sides could agree upon — is Aoki’s discontent about his playing time.

He has told friends he disliked being removed as a defensive replacement so often during the final weeks of the season. Aoki views himself as a player capable of aiding a club for all nine innings. This is not an unreasonable or controversial stance. But it could affect any potential negotiations with Aoki and the Royals.

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