Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Mariners Continue to Wheel and Deal

Good Morning Mets Fans! Here’s to a successful new week and some more good moves from Brodie Van Wagenen and company.

Phillies In Talks to Acquire Jean Segura from Mariners

According to multiple reports, including Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a deal that will send shortstop Jean Segura to the Philadelphia Phillies. The return to Seattle is not known yet, but shortstop and former Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford is expected to be a part of the deal.

As Rosenthal notes, Segura does have a full no-trade clause in his contract and it is still not yet known if he will waive it. As Jon Heyman noted last night, Segura’s agent said “if a deal makes sense to Jean the he will consider and there are a lot of variables to consider.

Segura, 28, is signed through 2022 with a team option for 2023. Over the last three seasons, the best span of his career, Segura has slashed .308/.353/.449 in 1,747 at bats. Segura started off in Milwaukee, saw playoff baseball in Arizona, but was never able to get Seattle to October baseball and the playoffs.

Mariners Want To Unload Another Large Contract

This past week, the Mariners unloaded Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, and Alex Colome. Today, as mentioned above rumors are flying around about Jean Segura and a potential deal with the Phillies. So what’s next for Jerr Dipoto and the selling Mariners?

According to  MLBTrade Rumors, if the Mariners “have their way, third baseman Kyle Seager will be the next veteran to depart.” As Buster Olney of ESPN notes, the club is willing to “do whatever it takes” to move the third baseman.

Seager is usually a very reliable third baseman, but he is coming off a rough 2018 season. He burst on the scene in 2012 with the Mariners, and has had seven years in a row of at least 20 home runs and at least 70 RBIs in five consecutive years. He’s seen a drastic drop-off in average each of the last three seasons, going from .278 in 2016 to .221 in 2018.

His situation is similar to that of Cano’s in that he is under contract through 2021 with a club option for 2022 and still has a guaranteed  $57 million left on his contract.

Rendon Wants To Sign Extension With Nationals

According to MLBTrade Rumors, Anthony Rendon wants to sign an extension with the Nationals following the 2019 season, which is his contract year. The article states that “he told Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post and other reporters Sunday that he’s “up for” signing an extension.

The third baseman revealed that he and the Nats “have been discussing an extension for a year, adding that while he hopes to remain in Washington, he’d be content to enter next season without a new contract.”

Rendon has spent the duration of his six year career in Washington, and has finished top-11 in MVP voting half of the seasons in his career. He has posted an OPS of at least .900 in back-to-back seasons.

Orioles Rumored Interest in Bench Coaches For Manager

According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Orioles are looking at a few current bench coached for their managerial vacancy.

Rosenthal tweeted “Two current bench coaches – Nationals’ Chip Hale, Cubs’ Brandon Hyde – among those who will interview for Orioles’ managing job, sources tell The Athletic. Team will talk to at least six in person. Ex-manager such as Hale thought to be preference, but new GM Elias open-minded.”

Hale, former Met third base coach and Diamondbacks manager, went 148-176 in two seasons with Arizona, missing the playoffs both seasons. He coached for the Mets from 2009-2010, the A’s from 2011-2013, then the Diamondbacks from 2015-2016 and most recently with the Nationals from 2017 until the present.

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