· Just like last offseason, the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves in the middle of another blockbuster deal. The Diamondbacks acquired righty Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for second baseman Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and lefty Zac Curtis. After acquiring Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves last offseason - and going through a tough year - Arizona was in need of another young arm. Walker is 22-22 with 4.18 ERA, and 322 strikeouts in 65 games. Marte has hit .267 with three homeruns and 50 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in his two seasons with the Mariners. Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen spoke on the trade saying, “Young, controllable pitching is hard to find, and adding Taijuan to the rotation gives us significant depth in that area. In Ketel, we believe we have a acquired a talented switch-hitting shorstop.”
· The Cleveland Indians have outrighted utility man Michael Martinez from the 40-man. They also signed outfielder Daniel Robertson to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training as a non-roster player.
News and Notes
· The Washington Nationals have acquired minor league righty Jimmy Cordero from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for cash considerations or a PTBNL.
· Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that former Chicago Cubs righty Spencer Patton is headed to the Yokohama BayStars. His contract was sold to the club, and he has since been released from the Cubs.
· Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mariners, Yankees, and Cubs pursued lefty Brett Cecil before he signed a four-year, $30MM deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
· The Milwaukee Brewers have claimed righty Blake Parker off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. To make room, they have DFA’d fellow righty David Goforth.
· According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, there is optimism that a lockout can be avoided. Both sides believe that December 1 is the “hard deadline” to reach a deal.
· According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Pirates have not discussed an extension with manager Clint Hurdle. There has been no indication that his job is in danger.
· Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that the Minnesota Twins have shown interest in former Tribe righty Justin Masterson.