Like the Diamondbacks, Seattle has made starting pitching an offseason priority, and it appears the Mariners have the high offer on the table for Japanese free agent Hiroki Kuroda.
Kuroda has been offered a three-year deal at between $11 million and $12 million a year, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a package that is believed to be worth more than those from the D-Backs and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The D-Backs have not spoken publicly about their proposal, although a source with knowledge of the negotiation said reports they made an initial offer of three years at $27 million are inaccurate.
The D-Backs have had continuing discussions regarding Kuroda and Oakland’s Dan Haren this week.
Kuroda, 32, was believed to be interested in visiting the U.S. to speak to his suitors, and the D-Backs prepared a video presentation to welcome him to Arizona.
But Kuroda will make his decision in Japan, the Post-Intelligencer said, before traveling to the U.S.
The paper said he wants only a three-year deal because he might want to finish his career in Japan.
Steve Hilliard, Kuroda’s agent, has been unavailable for comment.