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Morning Mound Visit: Mariners acquire Rafael Montero

Jerry Dipoto awakens; MLB’s minor league culling will lose fans; James McCann’s improvements

Houston Astros v Texas Rangers Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Marc Delucchi | Baseball Prospectus $: More than 40 minor league teams will be without affiliation next year, and some of these teams will have to cease operations entirely. MLB’s culling will remove live baseball from several regions of the country and in doing so, lose future fans.

Adam J. Morris | Lone Star Ball: On Tuesday, the Rangers traded closer Rafael Montero to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for José Corniell and a player to be named later. Montero spent two years in the Rangers’ bullpen pitching to a 3.78 FIP over 46 23 innings. Corniell is a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher who ranked 24th in the Mariners’ system according to MLB Pipeline.

David Capobianco | Amazin’ Avenue: Over the last two seasons, James McCann has transformed from replacement level player to someone who can get a $40 million contract. McCann has improved both at the plate and behind it, and these visualizations at Amazin’ Avenue make that plain to see.