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Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/5/23: Luis Torrens, Mark Canha, and New Free Agents

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Good morning, foLLks, and happy Sunday! With Monday being the deadline for teams and players to decide whether to exercise their contract options, a new wave of free agents will be hitting the market over the next couple of days, and some notable names have already made themselves available. More on them in a bit.

In Mariners news:

  • Where we droppin’, boys?
  • There goes my hero / Watch him as he goes

Around the league:

  • The first player-for-player trade of the fresh offseason was made, with the Brewers sending Mark Canha over to the Tigers in exchange for Double-A righty reliever Blake Holub.
  • The Reds declined the club option on Joey Votto’s contract, making the 40-year-old a free agent for the first time in his career. C. Trent Rosecrans has more details at The Athletic ($), and in true Joey Votto fashion, there are no hard feelings on his end.
  • Lefty Eduardo Rodríguez opted out of his current contract with the Tigers, leaving three years and $49 million on the table. Given that he has been vocal about wanting to stay in Detroit - to the point where he vetoed a deadline swap to the Dodgers this past season - he could be a candidate to re-sign on a new deal.
  • Astros reliever and Mariners villain Hector Neris declined his player option and will test free agency.
  • The Padres declined their multiyear club option on righty Michael Wacha, which would have kept him in San Diego through 2025 for a total of $32 million. Instead, he will become another attractive free agent option for starting pitching.
  • After a dismal season at the plate and in the field, the White Sox unsurprisingly declined their team option on longtime shortstop Tim Anderson. Anderson’s 60 wRC+ in 2023 was the lowest among all qualified Major League hitters, but he’s just a year removed from delivering solid production, and will seek a bounceback deal.
  • Righty Marcus Stroman exercised his opt-out clause and will hit free agency one year before the three-year, $71 million contract he signed with the Cubs in the 2021-22 offseason was set to expire.

Connor’s picks:

  • Big fan of this recurring bit Kenzi’s had going for a while.
  • “Go to Goodwill, that’s where the heat is!” The heat in question: