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Report: Mariners interested in J.P. Crawford

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that the Mariners have expressed interest in trading for Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford as part of a swap that would send fellow shortstop Jean Segura to the National League. Nothing appears to be anywhere close to done just yet, however, as the Mariners are reportedly talking to multiple clubs about their All-Star shortstop and would need him to waive his full no-trade clause in order to approve any potential deal.

Crawford, meanwhile, has yet to break out at the major league level. The 23-year-old finished his sophomore season in Philadelphia with a mediocre .214/.319/.393 batting line, three home runs, and a .712 OPS across 138 plate appearances, though his numbers played up a bit during his rehab stint in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He also dealt with his first significant setback after fracturing his left hand on a hit-by-pitch in mid-June, and was subsequently limited to just six starts during the second half of the season.

While the Phillies have maintained interest in adding Segura (and closer Edwin Díaz, prior to Seattle’s pending deal with the Mets) to their roster this offseason, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia adds that they have no apparent intent to abandon their pursuit of free agent infielder Manny Machado. If a Mariners-Phillies deal comes to fruition over the next several months, expect the Phillies to make a play for Machado with the intent to shift him over to third base.

Bryce Harper is on paternity leave

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Several years ago, Bryce Harper made news when it was revealed that he thought the word “meme” was pronounced “may-may.” That may be my favorite Bryce Harper moment ever.

As it was announced by the Phillies a little while ago that Harper has been placed on paternity leave, I’m wondering if he pronounces the word “baby” “bébé.”

I wouldn’t think less of him if he did, actually. One of my favorite people in the world does that.

Anyway, congratulations to Bryce Harper on becoming a dad. And it’s good news not just for him but for the Phillies and their fans as well. Why? Because as Bill noted earlier this week, Harper seems to hit better when he’s being taunted and mocked. For now that’s not very important, as the child won’t be talking for some time. As a father of teenagers, I can tell you that eventually the little monsters live to disrespect their dear old dads. If Harper’s current motivational patterns hold, by the time that kid is ten Harper will be winning the dang Triple Crown every year.

But again, congratulations to the Harpers.