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Good morning baseball fans. Multiple trades were made Friday, with one of the biggest involving the Tigers. Detroit acquired Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for a pair of pitchers. The expectation is Maybin will play center field in Detroit.
While the Tigers have yet to announce their plans for Maybin, it's safe to assume that he'll take over the everyday duties in center field, and push Gose to a bench role. He's signed through the end of this season, and has a team option for 2017 valued at $9 million, with a buyout for $1 million.
San Francisco is reportedly a serious landing spot for Zack Greinke.
Toronto Jesse Chavez the Athletics. Chavez has pitched to a 4.55 career ERA.
Danny Hultzen was designated for assignment by the Mariners.
Chris Davis and the Cardinals have had discussions about a potential contract for 2016.
Luis Sardinas is headed to Seattle after a short stint within the Brewers organization.
Sardinas, 22, heads to his third organization in less than a year after being dealt from the Rangers to the Brewers in exchange for Yovani Gallardo in January. He hit just .196/.240/.216 in 36 games with Milwaukee last season, and is a lifetime .231/.274/.269 hitter in 79 games in the majors over two seasons.
The Yankees and Cubs have had a conversation about a deal involving Brett Gardner and Starlin Castro.
While these two teams talked about this deal, the Cubs seem more hard-pressed to address their pitching needs and using Castro as a piece to get that starting pitcher. The Yankees have also received a ton of interest on Gardner, and they aren't boxed in to trading with the Cubs, allowing them to weigh a number of offers.
Robinson Cano is not the issue in Seattle, our Mike Bates says:
It's safe to say that, far more than Cano's subpar (for him) performance, the things that sunk the Mariners' coaching and front office staffs were that their catchers hit .159/.205/.259, first basemen hit .235/.301/.401, and both starters and (especially) relievers took giant steps back in 2015 over their performance in 2014. These staffs also got the ax because they couldn't develop high-profile prospects on the mound or at the plate and couldn't produce a consistent winner after seven years on the job.
There is a really good chance Bryce Harper gets even better heading into 2016.
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