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Rangers Announce Final Piece of Martin Deal



    Rangers Announce Final Piece of Martin Deal
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    Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, talk with the media at Globe Life Park on April 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

    The Texas Rangers sent embattled outfielder Leonys Martin and long reliever Anthony Bass to the rival Mariners a couple of weeks ago for another established bullpen arm in Tom Wilhelmsen and a player to be named later, along with an outfield prospect.

    The player to be named later was said to be a really interesting prospect who would be a key piece to the deal, and on Wednesday, it was finally announced as one of the Mariners' top prospects, Patrick Kivlehan.

    Kivlehan is an interesting story — a kid that played college football at Rutgers before starting baseball as a college senior, and he moved up the Mariners' system pretty quickly, hitting Triple-A Tacoma last year at age 25.

    He can play both corner infield spots and can also play the corner outfield spots, meaning he can be an ultra versatile player for the Rangers. He hit .256/.313/.453 with Tacoma in 2015 and was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster so he will be protected from the Rule 5 draft next week.