Several of the Mariners' recent trades have heads spinning. Stars including second baseman Robinson Cano, shortstop Jean Segura, and pitchers James Paxton and Edwin Diaz are gone, and that's not all. Former M's pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith now works as an analyst for Root Sports Northwest and 710 ESPN. He broke down the trades and explained why these moves are actually good for the Mariners' organization. He also spotlighted two of the incoming players (outfielder Jarred Kelenic from the Mets and pitcher Justus Sheffield from the Yankees) as exciting up-and-comers.

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Photo credits:

Robinson Cano - Stephen Lam / Getty Images

Jean Segura - Lindsey Wasson / Getty Images

Edwin Diaz - Stephen Brashear / Getty Images

James Paxton - Abbie Parr / Getty Images

Mike Zunino - Richard Rodriguez / Getty Images

Jarred Kelenic - Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports

Justus Sheffield - Mike Carlson / Getty Images

Carlos Santana - Kiyoshi Ota / Getty Images

Jay Bruce - Mitchell Layton / Getty Images

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