While you were out drinking Bud Lights and forcing awkward small talk with your old high school friends on Thanksgiving eve, the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks made a pretty big trade.
The Diamondbacks sent INF Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger, and LHP Zac Curtis to Seattle in exchange for RHP Taijuan Walker and INF Ketel Marte.
Walker – a 24-year-old pitcher who hasn’t quite lived up to his potential just yet – could provide a major boost to an Arizona rotation that has struggled mightily. He’s had a few flashes of brilliance during his tenure with Seattle, so there’s no reason he can’t figure things out sooner rather than later with the D-Backs.
The other major part of the deal is Segura. The 26-year-old middle infielder is coming off an outstanding 2016 campaign with Arizona in which he batted .319/.368/.499 with 20 homers, 33 stolen bases, and the NL lead in hits. He’ll be Seattle’s shortstop after serving at second base for Arizona in 2016.