What Phillies are getting with Jean Segura trade?

Manny Machado Dodgers Phillies

Manny Machado Dodgers Phillies

Multiple MLB insiders are reporting that the Phillies and the Mariners have agreed to terms on a trade that will send shortstop Jean Segura to Philadelphia.

The San Diego Padres and New York Yankees, who acquired Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton late last month, also showed interest in the versatile infielder. 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.

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

For reasons that are hard to explain, the Mariners seem to be willing to move on from numerous key players this offseason, whether it happens to be Segura or Robinson Cano, who will coincidentally be joining the NL East as well after a trade to the New York Mets.

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.

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Segura, 28, is coming off an All-Star season and will make $14.25 million in each of the next four seasons. How about Santana? Why are they giving up on him so early in his contract?

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.

If the trade is completed, it will end Crawford's time with the Phillies, a stint that many would consider a disapointment. 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.

Shortstop was a place Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak was not happy with last season. Last season, he finished with a.214/.319/.393 slash line and hit three home runs in 138 plate appearances.

While the deal immediately improves Philadelphia's roster, what does it mean for the Phillies in relation to the Harper and Machado sweepstakes?

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