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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.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”