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Mariners, Indians talking Valbuena trade

Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:48 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 9:55 pm

The Mariners are talking with the Indians about bringing Luis Valbuena back to Seattle, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Mariners need a second baseman after non-tendering Jose Lopez (Chone Figgins can now return to third base after playing second last season), and new Mariners manager Eric Wedge is familiar with Valbuena from his days in Cleveland. Valbuena started his career in Seattle, playing 18 games with the Mariners in 2008 before they shipped him out in a three-team trade with the Indians and Mets. Valbuena batted just .193/.273/.258 in 91 big-league games in 2010, so he's not exactly a solution to the Mariners' offensive woes.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes that the Mariners, along with the Astros, are also looking at outfielder/DH Jack Cust.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:41 pm

Mariners, Indians talking Valbuena trade

Obviously you know nothing about  Valbuena.  He has decent power for a middle infielder, like 18 to 20 HR's.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:09 pm

Mariners, Indians talking Valbuena trade

I think the Indians would trade Luis Valbuena for a steak dinner and a thank you note, and they'd still get the better end of the deal.

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