SEATTLE — The Mariners finally landed a determined shortstop they’ve prolonged been perplexing to find.
To do it, they had to partial with a gifted immature pitcher who still has a intensity to blossom.
Seattle and Arizona pulled off a five-player trade on Wednesday night, with a Mariners appropriation rapid infielder Jean Segura and a Diamondbacks removing right-hander Taijuan Walker as a centerpieces of a deal.
Segura immediately projects as Seattle’s leadoff hitter and starting shortstop, solidifying an infield that already includes Kyle Seager during third bottom and Robinson Cano during second. Segura strike .319 with 20 home runs and 63 RBIs final deteriorate for a Diamondbacks, led a National League with 203 hits and posted a career-high 5.7 WAR.
“Segura was one of a premier descent players in a majors final season,” Mariners ubiquitous manager Jerry Dipoto said. “His multiple of average, energy and speed is intensely formidable to find, generally during a position like shortstop and during a tip of a lineup.
“We trust pairing him with Robinson Cano gives us extensive descent intensity in a center of a infield.”
But removing Segura meant a Mariners had to give adult on a unsuitable Walker, a energy arm who has showed occasional flashes of brilliance.
“It’s always hard. It’s tough any time we give adult talent like Taijuan,” Dipoto said. “Frankly, we have to give to get … and Segura fit this club.”
The further of Walker could assistance a awful Arizona pitching staff that posted a 5.09 ERA final season, tied with Minnesota for misfortune in a majors. He joins a revolution that includes ace Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller, Patrick Corbin and Archie Bradley.
The Diamondbacks finished 69-93 final season, fourth in a NL West.
A touted prospect, a 24-year-old Walker went 8-11 with a 4.22 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 25 starts for Seattle final season. He would be superb one diversion and afterwards onslaught a next.
“Young, controllable pitching is tough to find, and adding Taijuan to a revolution gives us poignant abyss in that area,” new Arizona ubiquitous manager Mike Hazen said.
“In Ketel, we trust we have acquired a talented, switch-hitting shortstop to join a really plain core of immature center infielders.”
Segura is also an evident ascent during shortstop for Seattle, that went 86-76 final deteriorate and finished 3 games out of a playoff spot.
“This trade done some-more clarity for where a register is, and Jean Segura fit this bar about as good as any actor we were looking at,” Dipoto said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.