5:48 p.m. ET: After being connected to various center fielders on the trade and free agent markets, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that the Mariners are set to acquire Leonys Martin from the Rangers. Tom Wilhelmsen will head to Texas in what Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears is a five-player deal.
Martin fell out of favor in Texas this season by batting just .219/.264/.313 with five home runs and 25 RBI over 95 games. Delino DeShields, Jr. ended up taking his starting job in center field and Martin hurt his standing further with the organization by refusing to report to the instructional league after he was left off the Rangers’ postseason roster. Still, he’s a very good defender and offers plenty of speed on the bases. He hit well against right-handed pitching in 2013 and 2014, so he’s a nice buy-low for Seattle. Martin will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Wilhelmsen, 31, owns a 2.67 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 110 appearances over the past two seasons. Most of it has been in a set-up role, but he saved 13 saves down the stretch this season. He earned $1.4 million in 2015 and is under team control through 2017.