Mariners to Trade with Rangers: Leonys Martin for Tom Wilhelmsen

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that the Seattle Mariners have reached a deal with the Texas Rangers involving five players, headlined by (OF) Leonys Martin, and (RP) Tom Wilhemsen. The details of the remaining players were unclear other than the term prospects.

Chris Cotillo of the MLB Daily Dish claims that the 27-year-old Martin had a falling out with the Rangers. Martin was upset that he had been replaced by Rule 5 Pick, Delino DeShields. He also had public altercations with the team when he refused to go to workouts in Arizona while upset he was left off of the postseason roster. Martin should be seeing a lot of playing time in Center Field for the Seattle ball club.

Wilhelmsen reportedly is filling a setup role for the Ranger’s closer Shawn Toleson. The 31 year old Relief Pitcher was replaced recently as the Mariners closer when the team made a trade with the Padres to acquire Joaquin Benoit. Wilhemsen finished his five year tenure with the Mariners posting 267 appearances and a 2.97 ERA.

The AL West has seemed to have had the most action thus far in the start of the off-season. The Angels acquired defensive specialist (SS) Andrelton Simmons from the Braves in what has been considered the biggest move thus far. The Mariners have acquired Nathan Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser and of course Joaquin Benoit, as well as re-signing Franklin Gutierrez.

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