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Seattle and Oakland have each made a trade in the last 24 hours, and Seattle has signed another outfielder

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While things have continued to be relatively quiet in regards to Rangers moves -- or even rumors as to Rangers moves -- a couple of division rivals have been active over the past day, albeit with relatively minor transactions.

The Seattle Mariners made a pair of moves, trading DH/OF/1B Mark Trumbo to the Baltimore Orioles for catcher Steve Clevenger.  Clevenger is a backup catcher who the Orioles acquired (along with Scott Feldman) in the deal that sent Jake Arrieta to the Cubs a couple of years ago.  Trumbo was a likely non-tender for the M's, so this was just a way to get something in return for a guy Seattle didn't want to pay $9M to for 2016.

In addition, Seattle has reportedly signed free agent outfielder Nori Aoki.  He is someone who gives the M's a little more speed and athleticism in their outfield, though it remains to be seen whether he will be a full time starter.

Meanwhile, Billy Beane has made a deal today, sending pitcher Drew Pomeranz and relief prospect Jose Torres and a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres for first baseman Yonder Alonso and lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski.

Alonso was a former top prospect turned non-tender candidate, though it is interesting that A.J. Preller grabbed Pomeranz.  In 2007, when Preller was still with the Rangers, Texas drafted Pomeranz out of high school and tried, unsuccessfully, to sign him.  Pomeranz ended up going fifth overall in the 2010 draft to the Cleveland Indians, then was sent to Colorado as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez deal.  Colorado sent Pomeranz to Oakland prior to the 2014 season as part of the trade that brought Brett Anderson to Colorado.