The Philadelphia Phillies have made a trade with the Seattle Mariners to acquire All-Star shortstop Jean Segura. A little after 10 pm Sunday night Ken Rosenthal, MLB writer for the Athletic reported that the Philadelphia Phillies would be acquiring All-Star shortstop Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners.
The trade was later confirmed by Bob Nightengale of the USA today that the deal had been agreed to in principle. The Phillies will be sending shortstop J.P. Crawford to Seattle. Other players will be in the deal, notably, it has been rumored that first baseman Carlos Santana and a minor league pitcher would be in the deal.
Segura is a two-time All-Star who began his career with the Angels, before playing in Milwaukee, Arizona, and finally Seattle. In 2016 while with the Diamondbacks the right hand hitting shortstop lead the league in hits while batting .319 on the season. Last season he hit .304 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI’s, adding in 20 stolen bases. He hit the go-ahead 3 run home run for the NL in the All-Star game off Josh Hader.
The 28-year-old hails from the Dominican Republic and represented them in the World Baseball Classic in 2017. He immediately solidifies the Phillies infield with his solid defense and excellent bat. Shortstop was a revolving door last year and Segura solves the problem. He is a significant upgrade for the team and a big splash in the off-season for General Manager Matt Klentak.
Details are still emerging but this is an exciting move for the Phillies.
J.P. Crawford, the 13th pick in the 2013 MLB draft, played 49 games for the Phillies last year. He batted .214 but showed enough flashes to think he has solid potential. He had been up and down in the Phillies organization and thought once touted as one of their top prospects, he had fallen out of favor somewhat. He will be 24 next season for the rebuilding Mariners who send all-star Robinson Cano to the Mets earlier in the day.
The deal will be announced tomorrow once everything has been finalized.