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Lookout Linkage, 12/2/14

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

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Happy December everyone! Here's the latest from around baseball:

  • Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports that the Mariners are interested in acquiring another outfielder and have the payroll flexibility to add someone like Matt Kemp.
  • Torii Hunter is unlikely to return to Minnesota.
  • Athletics Nation wonders if the A's can go on without a "face of the franchise."
  • August Fagerstrom of Fangraphs reviews Josh Donaldson's defense and wonders if he's really as good as people think he is.
  • Jeff Zimmerman of The Hardball Times explores whether or not hitters get worse over the course of a season.
  • Over The Monster tries to figure out the best fit for a Yoenis Cespedes trade.
  • Mike Petriello of Fangraphs wonders if the Braves should trade star closer Craig Kimbrel.
  • Bluebird Banter takes a look at Justin Smoak and where he might fit on the team next season.
  • The Rays have traded utilityman Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates.