MLB Rumors: Phillies trading for Jean Segura

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Phillies, Mariners Nearing Deal Centered Around Jean Segura

First baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford were among the players headed to Seattle, while relievers Juan Nicasio and James Pazos head to Philadelphia in the deal. 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.

With the Braves (signing Josh Donaldson), Mets (Robinson Cano trade) and Nationals (Yan Gomes trade) already making a splash, each bringing an All-Star into the NL East, the Phillies made their move less than a week before the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings commence in Las Vegas.

The 28-year-old, who waived his no-trade clause to join the Phillies, doesn't strike out much either.

Philadelphia will start Segura at shortstop for the foreseeable future.

With the trade for Segura, the infield is beginning to look pretty crowded.

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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. At one time rated a top-five prospect in baseball by both MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus, the 16 overall pick in 2013 by the Phillies has played just 72 games in the majors but hasn't impressed.

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In an Instagram post, Crawford thanked the Phillies organization and Phillies fans for "the inspiration to work as hard as I do, day in and day out". Segura has $14.25 million per season owed to him each of the next four seasons while Nicasio is set to make $9 million in 2019. 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.

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.

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