MLB Rumors: Phillies trading for Jean Segura

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Infielder Jean Segura has waived his no-trade clause and has officially been traded by the Mariners alongside right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio and left-handed pitcher James Pazos to the Phillies.

Segura, 28, slashed.304/.341/.415 with 91 runs, 29 doubles, and 20 stolen bases over 632 plate appearances for the Mariners in 2018.

Of course, in order to land a star player like Machado or Harper, as great as it is to see the Phillies having money to spend, they also need to prove they have what it takes to compete for a World Series title.

Details are still emerging but this is an exciting move for the Phillies.

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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. Defensively, Segura has appeared in 763 career games at shortstop and 142 games at second base. Of his 1,080 swings, 527 were put in play, giving him the ninth-best contact rate at 48.8 percent. They are getting a very good player in Segura, who will be an instant upgrade at the plate and in the field.

Speaking of Crawford, the former first-round pick never materialized into an All-star caliber player that everybody expected to become due to injuries.

There is speculation that the Phillies might actually be willing to sign both Machado and Harper. 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.

Neither the 23-year-old Crawford nor Santana, signed to a three-year, $60 million deal last December, performed to expectations in their time as Phillies. He could be a quality lead-off man if that's the path the Phillies choose.

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