Philadelphia Phillies adding Jean Segura could help bring in additional talent

Phillies, Mariners Nearing Deal Centered Around Jean Segura

Phillies, Mariners Nearing Deal Centered Around Jean Segura

The main prize in the deal for Seattle is Crawford, who is just 23 and has a high ceiling as a strong defender with on-base skills. Last season, the Long Beach, California native only played in 49 games and hit a pedestrian.214/.319/.393 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 138 plate appearances. He is under team control through 2023 and won't be arbitration-eligible until the 2021 season.

He hit.229 with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs in 2018. Last season as a team, the Phillies drew 582 walks, ranking them third in the National League, however, they had issues driving in runners. He is owed $34.5 million over the remaining two years on his contract. He is a significant upgrade for the team and a big splash in the off-season for General Manager Matt Klentak.

Therefore, when you factor in his performance at the plate, along with the idea of the Phillies moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base next season full time, it was no room for him in Philadelphia's future plans. J.P. Crawford gives us a young shortstop who is very athletic and fills up the tool box; he hits, he runs, he plays defense, he throws, he has power.

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, which was announced Monday, involves multiple players and required Segura to waive his no-trade clause to join Philadelphia.

Segura has spent seven seasons in the Majors with the Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Mariners.

Segura, 28, batted.304 with 10 home runs, 91 runs and 63 RBIs in 144 games last season and was named an American League All-Star.

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