MLB trade rumors: Seattle Mariners reportedly interested in acquiring Brennan Boesch

Jonathan Daniel

Without a guaranteed roster spot heading into next season, Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch is drawing plenty of interest from the Mariners on the trade market.

A likely candidate to be traded this winter in the wake of the Torii Hunter signing, Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch is squarely on the radar of the Seattle Mariners at the moment according to a report by Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

The 27-year-old Boesch hit just .240 from the plate over 132 games last year for Jim Leyland's American League champion Tigers, and struck out a career-high 104 times in 470 at-bats. Despite showing signs of greatness with his power stroke over his three seasons in Motown, Boesch's poor plate discipline and inability to hit left-handed pitching each appear to have stunted his development.

Boesch still could factor into Detroit's plans for 2013 if he isn't dealt this winter, although it's awfully hard to imagine that general manager Dave Dombrowski won't want to move a guy who could conceivably get in the way of consistent playing time for youngsters Avisail Garcia and Nick Castellanos in the outfield. The Tigers could desperately use another proven lefty reliever to add to their bullpen in any deal, but it may not be very difficult for a team like Seattle to pry Boesch away following a season where he produced a woeful -1.3 WAR.

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