Here’s an interesting debate topic for Mariners fans as they gather for the holidays while awaiting the next move by general manager Jerry Dipoto:

Jose Bautista.

The online gaming folks at www.SportsBettingDime.com sent out a news release Friday in which they listed the Mariners as a 12/1 shot at signing Bautista, a free-agent outfielder who was an All-Star at Toronto from 2011-15.

Here’s the necessary disclaimer: There’s been little, if any, indication from the Mariners that they are interested in such a move. No whispers last week at the Winter Meetings near Washington, D.C. Nothing.

But Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore once said the trades and free-agent signings that actually happen are usually the ones you don’t hear about until the last minute.

So who knows?

It does appear to be the longest of long shots. Bautista is 36 and coming off an injury-interrupted year. He wants a multi-year deal that includes an annual raise over the $14 million he made in each of the last five seasons.