Phillies close to acquiring Jean Segura from Mariners


Late Sunday, rumors swirled that the Phillies were close to agreeing on a trade for Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura.

Segura was the centerpiece of one of Seattle's biggest moves after the 2016 season, when he was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a five-player trade.

J.P. Crawford, the 13th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, played 49 games for the Phillies a year ago. He is under team control through 2023 and won't be arbitration-eligible until the 2021 season. Segura and his teammates were exchanged for first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford. Over his seven-year career, the two-time all-star has hit.327/.404/.731 with 64 home runs and 316 RBIs.

"Carlos Santana has been among the most durable players in the big leagues over the last eight years and has been a fixture in the middle of lineups during that time", Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a press release.

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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.

Segura is owed $60 million through the 2022 season.

The debate is out there when it comes to whether Cano will be worth it for the Mets, but at least when it comes to the Phillies, the addition of Segura should provide an immediate boost to the infield. He made his second career All-Star team in 2018 and led the Mariners with a.304 batting average and 91 runs scored. Last season he hit.341/.415/.755 with 63 RBIs and 10 home runs in 144 games.