Two of the dealing-est executives out there are Padres GM A.J. Preller and Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, so, with each club looking to make aggressive moves anyway this offseason, it is only natural that a big rumor about those two teams breaks on this roster deadline day:
#Padres have discussed a trade with #Mariners in which they would acquire SS Jean Segura and RHP Mike Leake for OF Wil Myers, sources tell The Athletic. Leake would need to waive his no-trade clause for deal to occur, and also is weighing other potential options, one source says.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 20, 2018
One thing to note right away: the Padres want a shortstop to help cover them until Fernando Tatis is ready, eh? Just saying, the Cubs have Addison Russell …
Outside of that, this is kind of a weird one, as it’s not really a sell trade for the Mariners, though it would save them about $20 million in the long-term, and maybe give them another marketable asset in Myers. Or maybe they just really like Myers.
More on this if it starts picking up imminent steam. Rosenthal says a deal is not close, though if the Mariners are already talking to Leake about his no-trade clause and “other options”, then it must be something much more than just chit-chat.
Segura, 28, has been a very solid offensive and defensive shortstop for three years running now, and is under control for four more years (albeit at a not-super-cheap $14.85 million per year ($14M AAV)).
Myers, 27, if you were curious, just hasn’t looked like an impact bat in his career, with a 107 wRC+ over the past two years. He’s also mostly a first baseman at this point.