Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Phillies, Mariners Nearing Deal Centered Around Jean Segura

A short-lived star-crossed union How the Phillies acknowledged a bad fit in moving on from Carlos Santana A short-lived star-crossed union How the Phillies acknowledged a bad fit in moving on from Carlos Santana
Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2018, 19:26

The Phillies traded Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford to the Mariners on Monday for shortstop Jean Segura, right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio and left-handed reliever James Pazos.

Players like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have been linked to the Phillies over the last couple of months since they were one of the teams in the best position to be able to afford these kind of big-name players.

In time, don't be surprised if acquiring Segura is just the beginning of what should be an exciting offseason for the Phillies.

Crawford, 23, was once a top 10 prospect in all of baseball, but he's lost his luster the past few years.

The deal will include multiple players and Segura will need to waive his no-trade clause. How about Santana? Why are they giving up on him so early in his contract?

Segura, 28, is coming off an All-Star season and will make $14.25 million in each of the next four seasons. Along with what he brings to the table offensively, Segura will be a hell of a defensive upgrade over Crawford, who struggled to stay healthy this past season and will allow Kingery to possibly return to his natural position at second base. Last season, he finished with a.214/.319/.393 slash line and hit three home runs in 138 plate appearances. Injuries and inconsistent play in the field and at the plate have slowed his start but the hopes have been high on Crawford since he was drafted with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

"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. The Phillies also have a $17 million club option for 2023, with a $1 million buyout.

Segura is owed $60 million through the 2022 season.