The Seattle Mariners have traded infielder Jean Segura, along with pitchers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for infielders Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford. He added 10 home runs, 63 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, 29 doubles, three triples, a.755 OPS and just 69 strikeouts in 632 plate appearances.
The Phillies reportedly remain interested in signing Manny Machado, Bryce Harper and Patrick Corbin in free agency.
That's why it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that the team's first big move of the offseason is expected to be one of many.
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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. How about Santana? Why are they giving up on him so early in his contract?
If the trade is completed, it will end Crawford's time with the Phillies, a stint that many would consider a disapointment. He is under team control through 2023 and won't be arbitration-eligible until the 2021 season. It would be pretty surprising at this point if Segura wasn't with the Phillies before the Winter Meetings, which start next Monday, and it seems like Crawford will be involved. 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 has struggled in 72 Major League Baseball games over two seasons, however, hitting just.214 with a.333 on-base percentage, .358 slugging percentage, three home runs and three stolen bases. He is a significant upgrade for the team and a big splash in the off-season for General Manager Matt Klentak.
At shortstop last season, Segura only had 17 errors and a fielding percentage of.969, which is a vast improvement from 2017 where he had a.962 Fld%.