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.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.