According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Phillies have agreed to a deal in principle with the Seattle Mariners for shortstop Jean Segura in exchange for shortstop J.P. Crawford. In 2018, he had a.304/.341/.415 slash line with 10 home runs, 63 RBIs, 91 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 632 plate appearances. They'd probably be better off prioritizing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, as offense was a big issue for the team last season.
It was only natural that the Phillies and Mariners matched up at some point this offseason.
Philadelphia will start Segura at shortstop for the foreseeable future.
The 28-year-old, who waived his no-trade clause to join the Phillies, doesn't strike out much either. Landing Segura before the MLB Winter Meetings begin next week would be an advantage for the Phillies, as it would allow them to head into the annual meetings with one key piece already acquired - and another selling point to other free agents. How about Santana? Why are they giving up on him so early in his contract?
The Mariners would likely receive J.P. Crawford in return. 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.
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Shortstop was a place Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak was not happy with last season.
There is speculation that the Phillies might actually be willing to sign both Machado and Harper.
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%.
Segura first became a name to look out for in 2013 when he was named to his first MLB All-Star game as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He could be a quality lead-off man if that's the path the Phillies choose.