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Lookout Linkage, 12/9/14

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

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Winter Meetings are underway and there is plenty of news to be had. Here's the latest:

  • If possible, the Mariners would like to hold onto all of their pitchers in their search for an outfielder.
  • Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times explains how the M's transformed into a money-spending machine.
  • Jack Zdurnecik reports that the Mariners are not close to a deal with Melky Cabrera.
  • The Padres appear to be the new frontrunners for Matt Kemp.
  • The Royals are ready to break up a dominant back-end of the bullpen. Royals Review wonders what the value of each of these relievers might look like.
  • Dan Duquette of the Orioles appears to be a leading candidate to take over the Blue Jays' CEO job, assuming the O's allow him to leave.
  • Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be posted next week.
  • The Cubs have signed starter Jason Hammel to a two-year pact.
  • The White Sox have signed closer David Robertson to a four-year deal.
  • The Indians have acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss from the A's.
  • Dave Cameron at Fangraphs wonders if Moss represents a cheaper version of Kemp for the Indians.
  • Despite a down year, Kendrys Morales is still seeking big bucks.
  • The A's and White Sox appear to be closing in on a deal that would send Jeff Samardzija to the south side of Chicago.
  • Meanwhile, the Cubs are getting close to acquiring Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks.
  • The market is heating up for Jon Lester.
  • MLB's Golden Era Committee has elected to not allow anyone into the baseball Hall of Fame this year (note that this is different from the HoF elections that will happen this January with Randy Johnson and Edgar Martinez among others).
  • The Rays and the city of St. Petersburg have reached an agreement that will allow the Rays to search for other places to build a stadium for the team.