It’s not a given that the Mariners get Jason Schmidt. In fact, they are "in the mix" for Barry Zito.
Reportedly, Scott Boras told the Rangers that the Ms were in on Zito. Can such a claim be trusted? Moreso than the yearly salary, it seems that Seattle would be turned off by the idea of a six-year contract. Maybe they could do like the Dodgers did with Furcal, up the salary to decrease the years.