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Rockies news and links for Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Which players on the Seattle Mariners would be beneficial for the Colorado Rockies? | Rox Pile
Seattle Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto is at it again. Two big trades were officially announced on Monday, with the Mariners sending Robinson Canó and Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets and Jean Segura, Juan Nicaso and James Pazos to the Philadelphia Phillies. Since being made GM of the Mariners towards the end of the 2015 season, Dipoto has made more trades than any other executive. While the goal of Dipoto’s winter trades has usually been to make his team more competitive for the following season, it’s clear that this offseason’s transactions are intended to kick off a process of retooling the roster.

Rox Pile’s Noah Yingling explores potential trades between the Mariners and Colorado Rockies. Pazos and Nicasio are included as options, which speaks to how active Dipoto is in his trading as they were not known to be included in the aforementioned deals at press time. One additional name that the Rockies could look to acquire is Mitch Haniger, whose 120 DRC+ (yup, I’m breaking out the new stat) in 2018 would have ranked as fourth-best on the team, after Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon.

Mariners make odd, seemingly indefensible trade, send Jean Segura, Juan Nicasio, and James Pazos to Phillies for... payroll flexibility? | Lookout Landing
Our friends over at Lookout Landing are taking the Mariners’ trade news quite well. Kate Preusser describes the trade with the Phillies as “cheap and more than a little desperate,” as the return for Segura, Nicasio and Pazos was Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford. Those two are certainly not prospects (though Crawford will only be 24 in January and has a high ceiling), so the trade appears to have been done largely for cost-cutting measures.

Correct (and incorrect) analysis of the Mets’ trade for Robinson Canó | Beyond the Box Score
At Beyond the Box Score, Daniel R. Epstein analyzes the Canó/Diaz trade, dissecting the prospect return for the Mariners. There are various scenarios in which the deal could be a win (or a loss) for both teams.