The Seattle Mariners’ rebuild continued Monday with a deal by which they acquired J.P. Crawford, an out-of-favor prospect who’s only a half-season into his main league profession, and despatched one in all Seattle’s finest remaining gamers, Jean Segura, to a Philadelphia Phillies workforce that had a black hole at shortstop in 2018.
Segura’s profession has been exceptional. He bounced again from two years as a replacement-level participant in Milwaukee, throughout which period his 9-month-old son handed away, to change into a constant star value about four WAR per season for Arizona and Seattle over the previous three years.
The Phillies bought much less manufacturing from shortstop than another place final yr, with a composite line of .235/.281/.370 and below-average protection from virtually everybody they performed there. Including Segura addresses each issues; he can play quick and he is bought a constant monitor document of offensive manufacturing, changing Crawford on the depth chart and permitting the Phillies to get Scott Kingery off shortstop to a place he can really play, which they’ve to hope will enable him to focus on his hitting after a disappointing rookie season. Segura is assured about $60 million over the subsequent 4 years, together with the buyout on a workforce choice for 2023, by which level he’ll be 33 and would possibly now not be a viable shortstop.