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MLB trade rumors and news for December 12th, 2016

Jump start your day off right with all the trade rumors and news floating around the MLB.

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Good morning baseball fans! We hope you all have lovely weekends and are ready to head full throttle into the heart of hot stove season. We’ve just getting warmed up, kids.

Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League East.

The Mariners are interested in snagging Chris Heston from the Giants.

“The Giants are reportedly working to move Chris Heston before the end of the winter meetings, presumably to open a spot on their 40-man roster. Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are a potential landing spot.

Heston was a member of San Francisco’s starting rotation in 2015, making 31 starts and posting a 3.95 ERA in 177.2 innings. He struck out 141 batters, but struggled with his control, walking 64 and hitting another 13.”

The Orioles are after Welington Castillo.

“The Orioles are pursuing catcher Welington Castillo as their top catching target, according to Dan Connolly of FanRag Sports’ Robert Murray reported Thursday that the sides were “building momentum” toward a deal.

Baltimore would likely sign Castillo to a multi-year deal if the sides come to terms, according to Connolly’s report. No deal is close, though there is some “optimism” that one will be completed.”

Washington is making it rain players, with Danny Espinosa being the most recent National dealt (Lil Jon not included).

“The Angels have acquired infielder Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for right-handers Kyle McGowin and Austin Adams, according to a club announcement. Baseball America’s Josh Norris was first to report the trade.

The deal comes just hours after the Washington Post reported that Espinosa skipped the Nationals’ annual Winterfest because he was unhappy with his new role. Espinosa was a likely bench candidate after the club’s addition of Adam Eaton forced Trea Turner back to shortstop.”

Work with us here: 2017 will see a dark horse emerge from the races to turn Major League Baseball on its head. That horse? The Atlanta Braves.

Get HYPED, Atlanta Braves fans!

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Today in baseball: On December 12th, 2013, the Mariners land the highest of high profile free agents when the team signs Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240-million contract. Cha. Ching.

Question of the Day: Who do you think the dark horse of 2017 will be?