· Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has been a busy man improving the club this offseason. He acquired veteran outfielder Jarrod Dyson and righty Yovani Gallardo last Friday, along with the likes of utiiity-man Danny Valencia, former Tribe lefty Marc Rzepczynski, catcher Carlos Ruiz, and others. However, the Mariners weren’t done yet. On Wednesday, they acquired lefty Drew Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays for Maliex Smith, who they acquired from the Atlanta Braves earlier in the day for lefties Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows. Seattle also received righty Shae Simmons in the deal. It was quite a busy day to say the least. Smyly is the final piece that will fill out a rotation with Felix Hernandez, Yovani Gallardo and Hisashi Iwakuma.
News and Notes
· According to Jon Heyman of FanRag, the Texas Rangers have “checked in” on first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo. There has been no strong interest on either side currently.
· Jon Heyman of FanRag reports that the Los Angeles Angels have interest in free agent catcher Matt Wieters. There have been no talks by either side.
· Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Texas Rangers have signed Cuban infielder Luis Yander La O to a minor-league deal. He will receive a $110K bonus in his deal.
· According to Jon Heyman of FanRag, free agent closer Greg Holland is seeking a two-year deal with an opt-out in the contract.
· The San Diego Padres have avoided arbitration with righty Carter Capps. His agreement is for one-year, $987.5K.
· The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed outfielder Jason Coats off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. To make room, they DFA’d righty Dylan Floro.
· According to Jon Heyman of FanRag reports the New York Mets and righty Zack Wheeler have avoided arbitration. The deal is for one-year, $800K.
· According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Athletics have signed righty Santiago Casilla to a two-year, $11MM deal.
· Jon Heyman of FanRag reports that the San Francisco Giants and infielder Conor Gillaspie have avoided arbitration. The deal is for one-year, $1.4MM.
· Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to table talks for Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. Talks have not gone any further due to the Dodgers unwillingness to part with their top prospects.
· According to Mike Mazzeo of The New York Daily News, there have been no talks of a new contract between the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka still has four years left on his original deal.