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Good morning baseball fans. There was a ton of news yesterday, so let's get right to it.
Last week, there was reported interest in Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. Yesterday, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners, along with Anthony Bass, in exchange for Tom Wilhelmsen, James Jones and a player to be named later.
The Rangers are a popular team this offseason, with the Padres being interested in shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Speaking of the Padres, A.J. Preller is shopping Tyson Ross and Matt Kemp.
Preller will ultimately need to decide what's more important to the success of the franchise: getting rid of Kemp's salary or restocking the farm. On his own, Ross would bring back quite the haul of prospects, as he's been a great pitcher over the last two seasons, and is under team control through 2017.
It's also possible that Preller will try to deal both players separately, and absorb some of Kemp's contract to make him more attractive. He's owed $73 million (this figure includes the money paid by the Dodgers) over the next four years, but could likely still help a team like the Orioles, Twins, or Rangers.
Todd Fraizer could be available via trade, adding his name to the list of Reds on the block this winter.
Washington made two signings on Monday, bringing in Reed Johnson and lefty Sean Burnett in on minor-league deals.
Brandon Crawford emerged as an offensive threat to better match his defense in 2015. Now, it looks like the Giants are wanting to talk about a long-term extension with their Gold-Glove winning shortstop.
The Braves might be shopping first baseman Freddie Freeman. They might not be. One things for sure, the rumors surrounding Atlanta are starting to swirl.
Gerardo Parra is an option for the Kansas City Royals.
Rays relievers Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger are drawing interest.
Of this group, the Diamondbacks likely have the biggest need to upgrade their bullpen, but the Nationals and Dodgers could also use help. Arizona ranked 21st in reliever fWAR, while Washington and Los Angeles were 12th and 8th, respectively. The Dodgers' figure is slightly misleading however, as Kenley Jansen and Pedro Baez accounted for 62 percent of LA's cumulative fWAR.
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