Let the house cleaning continue for the Seattle Mariners, a team that's coming off yet another season that has ended without a postseason berth.
As a result, some key names have already been traded this offseason, including 36-year-old All-Star second baseman, Robinson Cano
The New York Mets were on the end of that transaction, and now another NL East team will be involved and making deals with Seattle, as several MLB insiders confirmed Phillies-Jean Segura rumors we'd heard about last week.
Sources confirm a deal that would send Jean Segura to Philadelphia with shortstop J.P. Crawford a likely part of the return is in the works, as @Ken_Rosenthal said.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2018
Mariners dumped since Nov. 8: Jean Segura, James Paxton, Edwin Díaz, Robinson Canó, Mike Zunino and Alex Colomé.
Another day, another All-Star leaving the Mariners for a team in the Phillies that, if it weren't for a late-season epic collapse in 2018, would have been an NL contender in the postseason.
Seattle, on the other hand, is in full teardown mode and the franchise is completely fine with that, electing to collect prospects and young players in exchange for building a long-lasting, winning team that could be competitive again in several seasons.
The Crawford and Segura deal does not look bad on paper, though.
The Mariners are receiving more back in this trade, but this is how Jean Segura and J.P. Crawford project to produce in 2019, according to Steamer600. pic.twitter.com/kQZMcBznE9— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) December 3, 2018
And yes, there's a good chance Carlos Santana heads to Seattle as some salary relief in this equation, too. Bizarre career for him.
Assuming the Phillies can finish the Segura trade the next step is to clear another spot in the infield. That means either Santana (assuming he's not going to Seattle) or Cesar Hernandez goeshttps://t.co/bInDvHwKr9— PHILLIES TBOH (@FS_TBOH) December 3, 2018
No one on the Mariners is safe, and with the offseason only just beginning, we expect to see plenty of more transactions from their base until spring training begins.