Mariners Trade Jean Segura to Phillies for Santana, Crawford

M’s finalize trade with Mets also send Segura to Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly made their first impactful move of the offseason.

Segura, 28, will be an upgrade for the Phillies in the infield.

Segura may not be on the same level as Machado or Harper, but this addition will certainly make it clear to other potential free agents that Philadelphia is taking the necessary approach to be a top contender 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 season he hit.341/.415/.755 with 63 RBIs and 10 home runs in 144 games. Of his 1,080 swings, 527 were put in play, giving him the ninth-best contact rate at 48.8 percent.

Crawford, 23, has appeared in 72 Major League Baseball games with the Phillies over the past two seasons. In a conference call shortly after the Segura deal was officially announced, he specifically noted the lack of production the Phillies received at the position.

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

If the trade is completed, it will end Crawford's time with the Phillies, a stint that many would consider a disapointment. Doing so could cost them well over $600 million, though Philadelphia has plenty of money to spend with less than $70 million committed to players for next season before landing Segura. He is signed through 2022, making a club-friendly $14.25 million each of the next four seasons, with a $17 million club option for '23. And of course, the Phillies could always try to persuade Machado to move to third. Five outfielders would have been crowded but now that Hoskins is back at first, slotting Harper in centerfield would leave Nick Williams, Odubel Herrera and Roman Quinn to split time in the corners.

Stephen Gross is a freelance writer.

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