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Lookout Linkage, 12/13/15

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

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone! The winter meetings might be over but there is still plenty of news from around baseball:

  • The Mariners selected pitcher Isaac Sanchez in the Rule 5 draft and also lost a handful of players as well.
  • The M's agreed to a minor league deal with infielder Ed Lucas.
  • The M's received pitcher Ryne Harper from the Braves to complete the Jose Ramirez trade.
  • The Angels have acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Nationals.
  • The Rockies are closing in on a deal with slugger Mark Reynolds.
  • Tony Sipp is returning to the Astros on a three-year contract.
  • The Rangers have agreed to a multi-year deal with former Japanese closer Tony Barnette.
  • The Cardinals signed reliever Jonathan Broxton to a multi-year contract.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera has agreed to a two-year deal with the Mets.
  • The Pirates have signed reliever Juan Nicasio.
  • The Padres have acquired catcher Christian Bethancourt.
  • The Cubs made a major splash, signing outfielder Jason Heyward to an eight-year contract.
  • Matthew Kory looks at the downside to signing Jason Heyward.
  • The Astros have acquired closer Ken Giles for a package larger than originally thought.
  • Grant Brisbee hands out grades for every major trade and signing made during the Winter Meetings.
  • In a rather surprising turn of events, Michael Cuddyer has elected to retire.