KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

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DETROIT (AP) — Dave Dombrowski believes Detroit’s window to win a World Series is still very much open.

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Sometimes it’s the move a team doesn’t make that causes it to look back with the biggest relief or most regret. In the case of the 2014 Seattle Mariners, it sounds like regret after Bob Dutton of the News Tribune reported the team had a one-year deal in place to sign outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz, but the signing was ultimately nixed by the team’s ownership. The Mariners had a deal in place last winter with Cruz, then a free agent, for roughly $7.5 million in 2014 with a club option of about $9 million for 2015…before ownership backed away. The primary concern, which all clubs shared, was how Cruz, then 33, would respond after being caught and suspended as part of the Biogenesis drug scandal. Still, officials with several clubs say they stopped viewing Cruz as a potential target because they expected he would bridge any differences with the Mariners. “I still don’t know what happened there,” an official with a rival club said. “We were told it was done. And it seemed such an obvious fit for both sides. There was risk, certainly, but…” But no go for Seattle. As it turned out, Cruz ended up inking a one-year, $8 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles, which was celebrated as a shrewd signing at the time. Now it looks like the best bargain of the entire offseason. Cruz went on to lead MLB with 40 home runs during the regular season as the Orioles surprisingly ran away with the AL East. His three homers in the ALDS helped Baltimore sweep the Detroit Tigers. As for Seattle, they’re on the outside looking in after missing the postseason by one game. Just one game. Oh, the possibilities that must be going through the minds of Mariners fans, especially when analyzing how little they received from their designated hitter spot. Several players filled the role, but for the season Seattle DH’s combined to hit just .190 with 15 homers. The offense, as a whole, hit .244, which ranked 21st in MLB.   The Mariners were among the most aggressive teams in free agency, signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract last December. They also signed free agents Corey Hart, Scott Baker and John Buck — all of whom were released or designated for assignment — and traded for Logan Morrison. By and large, the moves were hit or miss, and perhaps the biggest miss was letting Cruz get away.  The Orioles on the other hand, were criticized for not being more aggressive early in free agency. They sat back and watched the market play out before striking late deals with Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. Cruz obviously worked out. Without him Baltimore would have had a difficult time overcoming season-ending injuries to Matt Wieters and Manny Machado. But his stand-alone value may make it difficult to lock him up on a long-term deal. Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal, has been a flop so far. He was left off Baltimore’s ALCS roster .  With Cruz likely hitting the market again, Dutton says it’s possible the Mariners will make another play for him to help fill out their lineup.  “Oh, I wouldn’t rule it out,” one Mariners official said. “We know what we need, and we’re going to go hard after one of those guys.” That said, given the circumstances surrounding his previous Mariners deal falling apart, in addition to his substantial rise in value, Cruz should have enough suitors with money to spend to make Seattle an extreme long shot, if not an afterthought in the process.    More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Reddick drove in three runs, Scott Kazmir won for the first time in seven starts and the Oakland Athletics moved oh so close to finally clinching their third consecutive playoff berth.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Manager Lloyd McClendon wanted to make the point clear to his team: Playing a meaningful 161st game of the season is an accomplishment.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Oakland Athletics are still waiting on their third straight trip to the playoffs.

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After possessing baseball’s best record for most of the year, the last thing the Oakland Athletics expected was to head into Game 162 with their postseason fate uncertain.

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Baseball’s final day was already setting up to be chaotic with the AL and NL Central divisions still left to be decided. Now we can add the American League’s second wild-card spot to the mix, because the scenario most baseball fans not-so-subtlely rooted for has played out in both Texas and Seattle. With a chance to secure the wild-card for the second straight night, the Oakland A’s continued their epic collapse with a 5-4 loss to the American League’s worst team, the Texas Rangers. Meanwhile, in Seattle, the Mariners survived their second straight do-or-die game against baseball’s best team, the Los Angeles Angels, winning 2-1 in a dramatic 11-inning game .  It was definitely a playoff atmosphere at Safeco Field with Seattle’s season hanging on every pitch, and the home fans got the happy ending they were looking for.  In the decisive 11th, Brad Miller started the rally with a double and then moved to third on Chris Taylor’s bloop single in front of center fielder Tony Campana. For a moment, it looked like the game would end right there as the ball squirted away from Campana, but Miller was held all the way. That set up Austin Jackson with runners at the corners and one out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia called on right-hander reliever Vinnie Pestano and utilized the five-man infield, with all five playing on the grass. It nearly paid off as Jackson chopped a grounder to second, but a bad decision by second baseman Grant Green and an awkward throwing angle proved costly.  Rather than immediately coming home for what looked like a sure out, Green tossed with the backhand to second looking to start the double play. Not a high percentage play with the speedy Jackson, and the slightly low toss set the flow of the play off just enough to let Jackson beat the relay by a step, maybe less. 

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SEATTLE (AP) — Even after he’d hustled down the line, heard the umpire’s call and kept the Seattle Mariners in the playoff race, Austin Jackson couldn’t quite believe it.

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Going to Game 162, and still no telling where or when Felix Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera will play after this weekend.

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