M's finalize trade with Mets, also send Segura to Phillies

Ross Houston
December 7, 2018

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Phillies and Seattle Mariners have agreed to a trade that will send All-Star shortstop Jean Segura, left-handed reliever James Pazos, and right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio to Philly in exchange for shortstop J.P. Crawford and first baseman Carlos Santana.

Segura, 28, hit.304/.341/.415 with 29 doubles, 10 homers, 20 steals and 91 runs last season.

For the past few weeks the Phillies and their future could not be discussed without mentioning Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly made their first impactful move of the offseason. That's all great news for a team that finished with 1,520 strikeouts last season, the third-most in baseball. Landing Segura before the MLB Winter Meetings begin next week would be an advantage for the Phillies, as it would allow them to head into the annual meetings with one key piece already acquired - and another selling point to other free agents.

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. Injuries and inconsistent play in the field and at the plate have slowed his start but the hopes have been high on Crawford since he was drafted with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

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

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.

If the trade is completed, it will end Crawford's time with the Phillies, a stint that many would consider a disapointment. Adding Segura to the picture still leaves the Phillies options if Machado chooses the City of Brotherly Love.

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