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Mariners trade Leonys Martin to Cubs

A total depth move on Chicago’s part.

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Just as the waiver deadline was coming to a close, the Mariners made a last minute push, sending outfielder Leonys Martin to the Cubs, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun. The Mariners will also be sending cash to the Chicago for a player to be named later and cash.

This season, the native Cuban was slashing a weak .174/.221/.287 for Seattle. Martin was designated for assignment last Wednesday and sent to Triple-A Tacoma after clearing waivers. While his bat is lackluster, the 29-year old is still a solid defensive presence, opening up more use for him within the Cubs organization.

The gives Chicago some much needed outfield depth and allows them to be more flexible with guys like Schwarber and Jay, both fellow lefty batters. The move also gives Seattle a little more cash to work with during the offseason to try and lure back some of their soon to be free agents.