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UPDATE: Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to Padres for two relievers

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UPDATE: Well, the Marlins may have the bullpen help they were looking for. According to Krasovic, the Marlins will acquire right-handers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica from the Padres in exchange for Maybin.

Webb, who turns 25 in February, posted a 2.90 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio over 59 innings with the Padres this past season. Acquired from the A’s in the Scott Hairston trade last July, Webb was fifth among MLB relievers in 2010 with a groundball rate of 62.3 percent.

Mujica finally realized his potential after coming over from the Indians in the spring of 2009, posting a 3.80 ERA in 126 appearances over the past two seasons. The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.62 ERA to go along with a stingy 72/6 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings this past season. He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Either pitcher could be a potential closer.

The Padres still managed to keep Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams, so while a trade involving Heath Bell now looks less likely, it isn’t completely out of the question.

4:00 PM: According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, the Marlins have traded Maybin to the Padres, pending a physical. No word yet on who the Marlins received in return.

3:28 PM: A source tells Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports that Maybin “will be traded” and that a deal between the Marlins and Padres is “getting close.”

Passan adds that the Marlins were talking to the Royals about Alex Gordon earlier, though they apparently found a better offer from the Padres. With the Marlins looking for relief help, any chance Heath Bell could be one of the names on the table? Multi-player deal involving Dan Uggla? All speculation, but that’s what makes the Hot Stove so fun and ridiculous, after all.

1:26 PM: Frisaro adds that the Marlins have also spoken with the Royals about Maybin.

1:08 PM: The Marlins are discussing a trade that would send Cameron Maybin to the Padres, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Maybin was regarded as one of the top outfield prospects in the game when he was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Miguel Cabrera trade in December of 2007, but has failed to live up to the hype thus far, batting .257/.323/.391 with 12 homers, 43 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 557 plate appearances as a member of the Fish. He’ll go into spring training next season out of options.

Still, it’s not hard to see why the Padres would be interested. Despite his lack of polish at the plate, Maybin rates above average in center field according to UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) and doesn’t turn 24 until next April.

Andrew Miller, another big piece of the Cabrera trade, was traded to the Red Sox last night.

Jason Kipnis could join Team Israel for 2017 World Baseball Classic

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians throws during batting practice prior to Game Seven of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the 2017 World Baseball Classic around the corner, Team Israel has reportedly reached out to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Tournament rules stipulate that a player’s roster eligibility can be achieved in one of several ways: they were born in the country in question or hold citizenship/permanent legal residence there (or are simply capable of qualifying for citizenship), or one of their parents was born in the country or holds citizenship/permanent legal residence there.

For Kipnis, it’s the latter. Kipnis’ father, Mark Kipnis, is Jewish. That gives Kipnis the status he needs to suit up for Team Israel, despite the fact that he is a practicing Roman Catholic. He has yet to confirm or deny his participation in the competition.

Fifteen players have confirmed for Team Israel so far, including Mets’ infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly and free agents Sam Fuld, Nate Freiman, Jason Marquis and Jeremy Bleich. Per MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg, eight minor leaguers will also appear for the team. Like Kipnis, at least three other major leaguers are eligible for Team Israel’s roster but have yet to accept or decline involvement in the WBC: Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson, Mariners infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia and free agent left-hander Craig Breslow.

Rangers to sign James Loney to minor league deal

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 21: James Loney #28 of the New York Mets tosses to first base against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at AT&T Park on August 21, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  The New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 2-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Free agent first baseman James Loney has reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Rangers, per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The deal includes an invite to spring training and a $1 million salary if he makes the major league roster in 2017.

Loney picked up a one-year stint and starting role with the Mets in 2016, slashing .265/.307/.397 with nine home runs in 336 PA. While his numbers were down a hair from the .280/.322/.357 batting line he produced with the Rays in 2015, he provided the Mets with a necessary, if underwhelming upgrade over an injured Lucas Duda through most of the season.

The 32-year-old infielder is expected to have some competition at first base, with at least five other candidates in the mix: Jurickson Profar, Ronald Guzman, Ryan Rua, Joey Gallo and Josh Hamilton. Rumor has it that the team is planning on platooning Rua and Profar in 2017, barring any impressive breakouts or injuries during spring training, though Loney could still provide the club with some veteran depth and a decent left-handed bat off the bench.