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Rays, Mariners Agree on Trade Involving Mike Zunino

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The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to send outfielder Mallex Smith and minor league outfielder Jake Fraley to the the Seattle Mariners for catcher Mike Zunino, minor league left hander Michael Plassmeyer, and part-time outfielder Guillermo Heredia, according to a report from the Seattle Times.

Seattle is rumored to be considering a “full-fledged teardown” this offseason per a recent Yahoo report, with a number of players rumored to be available on the trade market despite Jerry DiPoto’s attempts to calm the rumor flames during the GM meetings this week.

“Clearly overdramatized is the best way to put that,” Dipoto said, according MLB.com. “We’re open-minded to different ways we can get better, but what we’re hoping to achieve is to reimagine our roster to look at it in terms of what is our quickest path to a championship club.

“We know what the Astros, Red Sox, A’s, Yankees and Indians look like. We don’t want to be a perpetual competitor for the second wild card. We want to build a championship roster. If that means in 2019 we field as competitive a team as we can while earmarking and gathering talent, we’re not looking to rip our club down. We’re just too talented to do that.”

Heredia, 27, hit .236 with five home runs, 19 RBIs and 29 runs scored in 2018.

While Zunino only mustered a lowly .210 average this season, he smacked 20 homers and has been excellent behind the plate.

Smith, 25, batted .296 with 65 runs scored and 40 RBIs this past season, mostly in a leadoff spot for Tampa Bay.

Dipoto released the following statement regarding the trade:

“Bringing Mallex back home to Seattle is exciting for us all, his combination of speed, base running impact, defense and on-base abilities are unique in today’s game. We believe his breakout 2018 performance reflects the many ways his skills will positively impact the Mariners for years to come. Jake Fraley exhibits a similarly exciting set of athletic and baseball skills. His offensive game blossomed in 2018 and creates an exciting profile when coupled with his exceptional defense and overall instincts. Both players fit our desire to build a younger, more athletic and exciting roster.”

 

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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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