The Mariners, who've already landed the big free-agent fish in star second baseman Robinson Cano, are now in talks with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz while also eying closer Fernando Rodney.

There's a belief Seattle is amenable to a multiyear deal for Cruz, perhaps two years, with maybe an option or possibly even a guaranteed third year. There's been a lot of speculation about Cruz and the Mariners throughout the offseason, but the suggestion now is that things have gotten a bit more serious within the past few days.

The Mariners also have interest in Rodney, who could bolster a bullpen in need of a veteran presence. Rodney has been said to be seeking $15-million over two years. It isn't known whether Seattle could swing deals for both players.

New Seattle president Kevin Mather has authorized more money to be targeted toward player payroll, and Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik suggested in this space a week ago that there could be room for another free-agent signing.

Zduriencik did not respond to messages Monday regarding Cruz, nor did Cruz's agent Adam Katz.

Cruz had a very nice season on the field in 2014 but is one of five remaining free agents with a draft choice attached to his signing by virtue of his being extended the qualifying offer by his old Rangers team. Seattle gave up its first-round draft choice to land Cano on a $240-million, 10-year deal, and while it prefers to retain its second-round pick, it is very likely more willing to lose that pick than teams that still have a first-rounder to lose.

Cruz had 27 home runs, 76 RBI and a .266 batting average for the Rangers last year before accepting a 50-game Biogenesis-related PED ban, and has been a consistent run producer. He'd be a natural to bat behind Cano in a revamped Seattle lineup that would also include free-agent pickup Corey Hart and trade acquisition Logan Morrison.