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5 Player Trade Sends Jean Segura To The Seattle Mariners

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Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Jean Segura along with minor league players Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis have been traded to the Seattle Mariners for starting pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte.

Jean Segura

Jean Segura had a monster season last year with career highs in batting average, home runs, hits, and RBI’s and the list does not end there. Segura also flashed the leather last season, producing a career high fielding percentage of .986.

The 26-year-old second baseman clearly had a breakout season as his 4 previous seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers did not produce those kind of numbers.  Jean Segura is a young talent and is showing signs of progressing. His 33 stolen bases in the 2016 season clearly show speed is in his repertoire. Segura is an all around talent at second base and is certainly a plus for a Seattle Mariners team looking to make the playoffs in 2017.

Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis

Zac Curtis is a relief pitcher that only pitched 13 innings in the majors last season with Arizona. He had a 0-1 record and a 6.75 ERA. In those 13 innings pitched he gave up 10 earned runs, 13 walks and 2 home runs. Obviously that is not what a major league team is looking for out of the bullpen, but it is important to mention that Curtis is yet to play Triple A ball.

Zac Curtis is still developing as a pitcher in the minor leagues and he was rushed to the majors last season. In Advanced A baseball, he had an ERA of 5.23 in 8 games with 10 innings pitched. Zac needs more work in the minors before any major conclusions can be drawn on his future.

Mitch Haniger is another story. Mitch made his MLB début with the Diamondbacks last season in mid-August and actually played pretty well. In 34 games he produced a batting line of   .229 AVG/ .309 OBP/ .404 SLG with 17 RBIs and 5 home runs.

The 25-year-old right fielder was a former 1st round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2012 and shredded his way through the minor leagues last season. Haniger is ready for major league action and should be an important addition to the Mariners roster next season.

Taijuan Walker

Last year was not a good season for the Seattle Mariners starting rotation and things were no different for Taijuan Walker. Walker’s 2016 season saw him post a 8-11 record with a 4.22 ERA and only 134.1 innings pitched. Walker throws a low to mid 90’s fastball and pitched in 29 games last season and struck out 119 batters. Walker had surgery to remove a bone fragment in his ankle this past October. Hopefully he will be able to come back healthy for the Diamondbacks in 2017.

Ketel Marte

Marte had an average season last year with the Mariners producing a batting line of .259 AVG/ .287 OBP/ .610 OPS with 33 RBI in 119 games played. Those numbers are not great, but not terrible. With the Diamondbacks Marte will fight for the starting spot with shortstop Chris Owings. However, this could spell trouble for Marte because Owings also played 119 games and produced much better numbers.

If Marte were to slide over to second base he would be competing with Phil Gosselin. Marte has an uphill battle to get a starting spot in Arizona and only time will tell who will win the job.

The Breakdown

The way I look at it this trade favors the Seattle Mariners…by a long shot. Seattle is looking to make it into the playoffs next year after just falling short of a wild card slot last season. Jean Segura will likely slide over to short stop and Robinson Cano will stay at 2nd base and that could be a scary duo next year and that is not the only benefit. Mitch Haniger is a great prospect that is MLB ready and developing well. Putting Segura and Haniger on the MLB roster is adding fuel to the already productive Mariners offense.

Although no strong starting pitchers were added the Mariners were able to trade away a less than impressive pitcher from their rotation. A key element for success for Seattle next season will be how well the starting rotation is able to perform. With Nathan Karns and Ariel Miranda improving towards the end of last year the Mainers may be looking for one more pitcher to add to the roster over the off-season. The jury is still out on Zac Curtis, but more time in the minors will help him develop without being rushed to the big leagues like he was in Arizona.

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen talked about the trade:

“Young, controllable pitching is hard to find, and adding Taijuan to the rotation gives us significant depth in that area,” said D-backs GM Mike Hazen. “In Ketel, we believe we have acquired a talented switch-hitting shortstop to join a very solid core of young middle infielders.”

Ketel maybe a talented switch-hitting shortstop, but the Diamondbacks already have talent at both 2nd base and shortstop with Chris Owings and Phil Gosselin so look for playing time changes throughout next season if one of them doesn’t get sent down to Triple A Reno.

Taijuan may turn his career around and start producing good numbers, but if he starts off the season slow and things are looking the same as last year don’t be surprised if we end up seeing Walker in the bullpen as he was earlier in his career with Arizona.

Either way, neither Ketel Marte or Taijuan Walker are big prospects to help the Diamondback’s rebuild so this trade seems slanted towards the Mariners, but time will tell who got the better end of the deal.