The Mariners are making Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak available

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Not the biggest surprise in the world given that the M’s added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison yesterday, but:

Both would seem to be prime candidates for a change of scenery anyway, as their status as top prospects has fizzled in Seattle. Indeed, it’s hard to find two hitters in all of Major League Baseball who have performed more poorly than Smoak and Montero. Each are still young, however, so it’s not out of the question that they’ll be plusses for someone, somewhere.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.