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Mariners designate Leonys Martin for assignment

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The Mariners made a handful of roster moves on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. The club optioned pitcher Chase De Jong to Triple-A Tacoma, designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment, and recalled first baseman Dan Vogelbach and pitcher Chris Heston from Triple-A.

Martin, 29, struggled to start the season, batting .111/.172/.130 in 58 plate appearances. As Divish noted, Martin was very popular with his teammates in Seattle, so the move was particularly difficult. He is owed the remainder of his $4.85 million salary, making it likely that he’ll clear waivers.

De Jong, 23, struggled in 4 2/3 innings of relief, yielding three runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Heston, 29, got off to a good start with Tacoma, putting up a 3.18 ERA over his first three starts.

Vogelbach, 24, was hitting .309/.409/.473 with a pair of home runs in 66 PA with Tacoma, encouraging his call-up.

Adam Jones may be going to Japan to play

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that free agent outfielder Adam Jones is in talks with the Orix Buffaloes of NPB. No deal is done yet, but Rosenthal says that a multi-year deal could be inked this week, sending Jones to Japan.

Jones, 34, played for the Diamondbacks last season, hitting a disappointing .260/.313/.414 (87 OPS+) with 16 homers and 67 RBI, declining pretty significantly in the second half of the season compared to the first. In light of that it seems doubtful that he’d be able to land a major league deal this winter, so going to Japan may be a good move for him if he wishes to continue to play on a regular basis.

Jones is a 14-year big league veteran who has posted a career line of .277/.317/.454 with 282 homers for the Mariners, Orioles and Dbacks.