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MLB Rumblings and Rumors: Yankees, Nats, Mariners

Some MLB rumblings to get us a day without mention of you know who. Or try to.

1. In light of the issues surrounding a particular Yankees third baseman (See? Didn’t mention him…by name), the Bronx Bombers have contacted the San Diego Padres, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi goes on to tweet that New York doesn’t have the pieces in order to acquire Chase Headley, but that Logan Forsythe is the more likely trade target – who turns 27 today.

And Forsythe is more versatile having played at five different positions since a 2011 callup. Not like the Yankees don’t have infielders already. Just not the one that can potentially provide a big bat.

(H/T: Yanks Go Yard)

2. Bill Ladson of reports that the Washington Nationals may have an interest in Mark Reynolds. Reynolds could provide value as a backup to either Ryan Zimmerman or Adam LaRoche – or both – should injury occur.

Zimmerman has had slight injuries over the past four seasons, averaging 134 games played. That does include a career-low 101 games played in 2011. LaRoche has been a bit more durable over his two full seasons in DC, averaging 153 games played.

But as Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk notes (the link is below), Reynolds in unlikely to sign with the Nats unless there are no starting options available.

(H/T: Hardball Talk)

3. Morosi also tweets that the Seattle Mariners and catcher John Buck could be closing in on a deal. The M’s seem to have a decent amount of depth at the position with Mike Zunino, Jesus Sucre and Jesus Montero, but that depth is young. They recently signed Humberto Quintero to a minor-league deal, so the front office must believe having a veteran voice on board can’t hurt. Buck will turn 34 in July.

Also makes you wonder if the M’s have given up hope for Montero, but that’s another post.

Buck has played in 10 seasons with five teams: Kansas City, Toronto, Miami, New York Mets and Pittsburgh.

(H/T: MLB Trade Rumors)

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