MLB Rumors: Jean Segura trade to Phillies likely coming soon

Lynette Rowe
December 7, 2018

First baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford were among the players headed to Seattle, while relievers Juan Nicasio and James Pazos head to Philadelphia in the deal.

This past season, Segura hit.304/.341/.415 along with 10 home runs and 61 RBI.

Of course, in order to land a star player like Machado or Harper, as great as it is to see the Phillies having money to spend, they also need to prove they have what it takes to compete for a World Series title.

It was only natural that the Phillies and Mariners matched up at some point this offseason.

For reasons that are hard to explain, the Mariners seem to be willing to move on from numerous key players this offseason, whether it happens to be Segura or Robinson Cano, who will coincidentally be joining the NL East as well after a trade to the New York Mets. Defensively, Segura has appeared in 763 career games at shortstop and 142 games at second base. They are getting a very good player in Segura, who will be an instant upgrade at the plate and in the field. How about Santana? Why are they giving up on him so early in his contract?

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J.P. Crawford, the 13th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, played 49 games for the Phillies past year. The Long Beach native was selected by the Phillies 16th overall in the 2013 MLB Draft and has 72 games of experience in the Majors. He was supposed to help lead a young Phillies group through the final stretch of the rebuild and into the postseason for the first time since 2011.

While the deal immediately improves Philadelphia's roster, what does it mean for the Phillies in relation to the Harper and Machado sweepstakes?

Segura is signed through 2022 with a $17-million club option in 2023.

Last season marked Segura's third straight season with a batting average of.300 or better and his sixth consecutive year with at least 20 steals. He could be a quality lead-off man if that's the path the Phillies choose.

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