Mariners Trade Jean Segura to Phillies for Santana, Crawford

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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed in principal to acquire Segura for shortstop J.P. Crawford. Segura is expected to take over at shortstop for the Phillies unless they are successful in their bid for Manny Machado, which would likely move Segura to second base. 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.

Along with his defensive skills, Segura has proven to be a valuable hitter as well, so if Philadelphia fans weren't excited about the shortstop before, they better get on board the hype train since this could turn out to be one of the most underrated moves of the offseason.

The deal will include multiple players and Segura will need to waive his no-trade clause.

On the surface, this deal helps the Phillies even aside from the fact that they acquired an immediate upgrade at shortstop, making the almost $70 million in salary they're taking on between Segura and Nicasio well worth it.

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Nicasio, who threw two games for the Phillies in 2017 after getting claimed off waivers by the Pirates, and Pazos are bullpen pieces, but it's Segura that is the centerpiece of the deal for Philadelphia. Of his 1,080 swings, 527 were put in play, giving him the ninth-best contact rate at 48.8 percent.

With all due respect to J.P. Crawford since the potential always seemed to be there, the addition of Segura would clearly be an upgrade at the position. He was supposed to help lead a young Phillies group through the final stretch of the rebuild and into the postseason for the first time since 2011.

Last year around this time, the Phillies signed the veteran slugger to a three-year, $60 million deal to provide some offensive firepower in the batting order.

J.P. Crawford, the 13th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, played 49 games for the Phillies previous year. Adding Segura to the picture still leaves the Phillies options if Machado chooses the City of Brotherly Love.