Seattle Mariners acquire RHP Max Povse and RHP Rob Whalen from the Atlanta Braves for OF Alex Jackson and a PTBNL

The Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves have agreed to trade OF Alex Jackson and a player to be named later in exchange for RHP's Rob Whalen and Max Povse. The Mariners drafted Jackson just two years ago in 2014 with the sixth overall pick. The 21-year-old has struggled somewhat in his limited professional career, but he's still young enough to turn things around. On the other side of the trade, Povse has the potential to be a back-end starter while Whalen looks more like a spot starter or long reliever. 

How this affects Seattle's future RHP future outlook: With the Mariners recently trading away Taijuan Walker to Arizona, the team will need someone to fill in the rotation in 2016. Rob Whalen is the likelier of the two newly acquired righties to fill the spot, but the 22-year-old just posted a 6.57 ERA in his first five major league starts. Povse certainly has the potential to fill the role, but the 23-year-old started the 2016 season in High-A ball. He finished the year in Double-A and could be a candidate for September call-ups if he pitches well in 2017. 

How this affects Seattle's future OF future outlook: Seattle doesn't have many long-term answers in their outfield. Seth Smith and Leonys Martin will each be eligible for free agency in the next two years and the other outfield spot is up for grabs presently. Jackson was the one player that the team invested heavily on ($4.2MM) with the intentions of taking over a OF spot in the future. With his departure to Atlanta, it makes it much more likely that the M's acquire a big bat to take over one of their outfield spots, especially if Boog Powell doesn't impress in the bigs. 

Bottom Line: Seattle gave up on their 2014 sixth overall pick for a potential bottom-tier starter and a spot starter while Jackson could still develop into a quality outfielder. 

Grade: D+

 

Seattle Mariners acquire IF Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger, and LHP Zac Curtis from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Taijuan Walker and IF Ketel Marte

The Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to trade RHP Taijuan Walker and IF Ketel Marte in exchange for IF Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger, and LHP Zac Curtis. The 2016 National League leader in hits, Jean Segura will now be wearing an American League jersey while the promising Walker joins a depth-heavy rotation in the desert. 

How this affects Seattle's IF future outlook: With Robinson Cano firmly entrenched at second base, Jean Segura will move back over to shortstop which was his primary position before moving to second base last year in Arizona. While the team was originally relying on Ketel Marte to hold down the position, his sluggish 2016 season and subpar defensive performance made him a candidate to be replaced. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto replaced him with one of the best offensive players at the position, Jean Segura who is coming off of a .319/.368/.499 season with the snakes. Instead of having Marte under team control for five seasons though, the M's will get Segura for the next two seasons as he enters his last two years of arbitration before being eligible for free agency. 

How this affects Seattle's overall future outlook: OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Zac Curtis appear to be throw-ins, but could still make an impact at the major league level. The 26 year-old Haniger could be a solid fourth outfielder after productive minor league seasons in 2015 and 2016 before a mediocre debut at the big league level. The southpaw Curtis was viewed as a future dominant reliever before last season's struggles. However, the 24 year-old has a lot of time to get back on track and it should be noted he started 2016 in High-A ball before his disappointing major league debut. He could be a factor in Seattle's future bullpens. Now we get to the centerpiece of the deal, Jean Segura. Segura instantly becomes a huge offensive upgrade over Ketel Marte in the lineup and can be the spark atop of the lineup that is a catalyst for Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager like he was for Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, and Yasmany Tomas last season. Seattle will have an important decision to extend Segura or hand the keys to prospect Drew Jackson who should be ready by 2019.

Bottom Line: Taijuan Walker could turn into a frontline starter in Arizona, but Seattle sparked up their offense for the next few years with Segura.

Grade: C-