A report says the Mariners spoke with free agent slugger Josh Hamilton on Sunday. M's general manager Jack Zduriencik reportedly declined comment about the meeting on Monday. A couple of teams have met with Hamilton and are chasing him.

The Rangers' free agent hit a career high 43 home runs last year. He's a career .304 hitter. Signing him could help turn around the M's fortunes, including the recent attendance woes.

Hamilton is a religous man. The article tries to imply that a Christian organization, Pro Athletes Outreach, based in Issaquah could help influence Hamilton to sign with the M's. His wife told Sports Illustrated in June that they plan to donate some his next contract to various charities.

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