M's want Delgado and Sexson

<b>ANAHEIM, Calif. –</b> The Seattle Mariners are still in the hunt for free agent Carlos Delgado, even as they close in on signing Richie Sexson.

Seattle has designs upon taking two of the top free agent first baseman off the market for themselves, a source with knowledge of the Mariners' thinking told Scout.com.

If the Mariners signed both Delgado and Sexson, Seattle would use Delgado as a designated hitter and a first baseman, while sticking Sexson in left field and platooning him with Raul Ibanez when Delgado is not playing first base.

On Sunday, Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said that he would have no problem with playing Sexson in left field.

"Richie's a very good athlete," Hargrove said. "This is in no shape or form means that anything's going on, but Richie can play left field. He can play anywhere he wants, he's such a good athlete. If we did acquire Richie or someone like Richie, I'd have no qualms."

Though no official announcement has been made, Sexson's agreement with the Mariners is being considered a done deal. In fact, one general manager was surprised to hear Monday that the contract – expected to be larger than Troy Glaus' four-year, $45 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks – hadn't been completed yet.

The Baltimore Orioles are also said to be in the mix for Delgado, who is a bit dismayed regarding the lower financial offers he's received to date, a source said.

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