At the end of last season – during which the Seattle Mariners went 71-91 and finished fourth in the AL West – the front office knew it was going to spend some money in the offseason.

They just didn’t know how much.

“Well, we always knew we were going to have dollars coming off,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said on The Morning Show. “It was just a matter of (figuring out) what our new budget would be and what was freed up from the previous year on players you did not re-sign. We talked about every free agent out there. We went guns loaded, if you will, to have many discussions and see where it would end up at. As we speak, this is where we are.”

Where they are is owning the best second basemen – and one of the best all-around players – in baseball. In December, Zduriencik and the Mariners inked Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million deal, which was made possible, in part, by Cano’s agent, Jay-Z.

“He was (really involved); he really was,” Zduriencik said of Jay-Z. “We had a couple sessions with the group that basically worked on the baseball side, and then the third meeting we had was when Jay-Z came in with several people from Roc Nation and Robinson himself, and we had a really good day.

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