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Mariners acquire outfielder Leonys Martin from the Rangers

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UPDATE: The deal is now official. Martin and right-hander Anthony Bass have been traded to Seattle while Texas will receive Wilhelmsen, outfielder James Jones, and a player to be named later.

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.

Mike Trout has been really good at baseball lately

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“Water wet,” “Sky blue,” “Dog bites man” and “Mike Trout good” are not exactly newsworthy sentiments, but once in a while you have to state the obvious just so you can look back later and make sure you were, in the moment, aware of the obvious.

And to be fair, “Mike Trout good” is underselling the Angels outfielder lately. He’s on the greatest tear of his great career lately, and dang it, that’s worthy of a few words on this blog.

Last night Trout went a mere 1-for-1, but that’s because the Diamondbacks were smart enough not to pitch to him too much, walking him twice. There was no one on base the first time he came up and he got a free pass. There was a guy on first but two outs the second time, so he was once again not given much to hit and took his base again. Arizona was not so lucky the third time. The bases were loaded and there was nowhere to put Trout. He smacked the first pitch he saw for a two-run single. They probably shoulda just walked him anyway, limiting the damage to one. The last time up he reached on catcher’s interference. Maybe Arizona figured that literally grabbing the bat from him with a catcher’s mitt was the best bet?

If so you can’t blame them, really. Not with the month he’s had. In June, Trout is hitting .448/.554/.776 with five homers. He currently leads the league in the following categories: home runs (23), runs (60), walks (64), on-base percentage (.469), OPS (1.158) OPS+ (219), total bases (179) and intentional walks (9). He currently has a bWAR of 6.5. WAR, in case you did not know, is a cumulative stat. When he won the 2014 MVP Award, he “only” had 7.6 for the entire year.

Sadly, one man does not a team make, so the Angels are only 9-8 in the month of June and have fallen far back of the red-hot Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners in the division race. For this reason I suspect a lot of people are going to do what they’ve long done and overlook Mike Trout’s sheer dominance or, even more ridiculously, claim he is overrated or something (believe me, I’ve seen it even this month).

Feel free to ignore those people and concentrate instead on the greatest baseball player in the game today, who has somehow managed to up his game in recent weeks.