Taijuan Walker #44 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on September 30, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 5-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
The Seattle Mariners acquired shortstop Jean Segura from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte as part of a five-player deal on Wednesday night.
The Mariners also received outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Zac Curtis in the deal.
Walker, a former cornerstone prospect of the franchise, served as the largest trade chip general manager Jerry Dipoto had at his disposal. Walker, 24, has a career 24-24 record with a 4.18 ERA. He has shown flashes of brilliance during parts of four seasons with the Mariners, but has also struggled to find the consistency needed to succeed at the major league level.
Nevertheless, he was a key part of Seattle's rotation and a potential future All-Star.
"It's hard any time you give up talent like Taijuan, but I say that and frankly you have to give to get," Dipoto said.
Segura is the banner acquisition for the Mariners. Segura, 26, hit .319 for the Diamondbacks last season with 20 home runs and a .867 OPS. While playing mostly second base last year for Arizona, Segura will be a shortstop for Seattle.
“Segura was one of the premiere offensive players in the Majors last season,” Dipoto said. “His combination of average, power and speed is extremely difficult to find, especially at a position like shortstop and at the top of our lineup. We believe pairing him with Robinson Canó gives us tremendous offensive potential in the middle of our infield.”
Segura is under club control for the next two years. He is arbitration eligible each of the next two years.
Haniger, 25, made his major league debut with Arizona in August. He hit .229 in 34 games for the Diamondbacks with five home runs and 17 RBIs.
Curtis, 24, went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 21 games with Arizona after making his Major League debut on April 30.
Seattle designated switch pitcher Pat Vendittefor assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster.