Rangers Announce Final Piece of Martin Deal

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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.

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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.

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