The Seattle Mariners never viewed young outfielder Mitch Haniger as a throw-in prospect in the offseason deal that got them top-notch shortstop Jean Segura. Haniger has only played 34 major league games, but Seattle had plans for him when they got him as part of the five-player trade with Arizona in November. Haniger is expected to be the starting right fielder this season for the Mariners. He hit a combined .321 with 25 homers in the minors last season, and also made his major league debut.
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There was no hesitation Thursday from Mariners manager Scott Servais when asked who had created the best early impression in camp.
The Mariners see Mitch Haniger, 26, as the answer to their need for a right-handed power bat in what has been a lefty-heavy lineup. He was a key component in the November deal with Arizona that also netted shortstop Jean Segura.
SEATTLE – There’s always a “what’s next?” with Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, and it’s no different after the blockbuster five-player trade late Wednesday that netted shortstop/leadoff hitter Jean Segura from Arizona. “Obviously, the (rotation) depth is no longer enviable,” Dipoto said, “and we will need to look to the market, whether a trade or a free agent, to try to help create a little more depth. Perhaps at the back of our rotation.