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Lookout Linkage, 12/14/14

News and stories about the Seattle Mariners and other analysis from around the league.

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  • The Angels have acquired second baseman Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in order to fill the hole left by Howie Kendrick's departure.
  • The Matt Kemp trade rumors saga has finally come to an end, as the outfielder has been dealt to the Padres.
  • Yoenis Cespedes has been dealt to the Tigers after a long series of trade rumors.
  • Starting pitcher Matt Latos has been traded to the Marlins.
  • Latos' wife was a little rattled by trade rumors revolving around her husband as the media was tweeting about them.
  • The Tigers have acquired starter Alfredo Simon from the Reds.
  • Kendrys Morales got the multi-year contract he wanted from the Royals (somehow).
  • The Red Sox have inked starter Justin Masterson to a one-year deal.
  • The Rangers acquired reliever Ross Detwiler from the Nationals.
  • Grant Brisbee caps off the winter meetings by grading the moves made by each team.
  • The Padres have lost their negotiating window with Korean pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim and he will remain in Korea.
  • Melky Cabrera has signed with the White Sox for three years.
  • Beyond the Box Score has noticed a trend: the official Twitter accounts of MLB teams have a large number of "fake" followers.
  • Paul Swydan at Fangraphs notices an interesting trend with the current projected Red Sox starting rotation.
  • Dave Cameron at Fangraphs wonders what will happen now that many teams are aiming to "contend" next season.
  • Jon Lester took to Twitter to personally apologize to each fan who was angry by his signing with the Cubs.