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"So trading Paxton was the right decision, and it will presumably be followed by more trades. Edwin Diaz is a perfect trade candidate, a reliever who has been worked hard and who is coming off a strong season. The 2019-20 Mariners don’t need a brand-name closer, and I’m pretty sure we’ve seen more than half of Diaz’s career WAR already. If he’s still here on Opening Day, it’s a mistake.
"I’d shop Jean Segura (29 next year, signed through 2022) as well. There’s a limit to how low the payroll can go, with Cano, Hernandez, and Seager all probably immovable, but this is now an exercise in acquiring value for 2021 and beyond. Jerry Dipoto took the first, hardest step; let’s see if he keeps walking."