Phillies acquire Segura, Nicasio and Pazos from Mariners

Phillies, Mariners Nearing Deal Centered Around Jean Segura

J.P. Crawford gives us a young shortstop who is very athletic and fills up the tool box; he hits, he runs, he plays defense, he throws, he has power. Other players will be in the deal, notably, it has been rumored that first baseman Carlos Santana and a minor league pitcher would be in the deal.

Segura, 28, came to the Mariners in a big trade in November 2016 from Arizona along with Mitch Haniger. The right-handed hitter has a career.287 batting average and has knocked in 316 runs on 1,020 hits in his seven year career. Victor of the American League Final Vote previous year, Segura hit a three-run, pinch-hit, go-ahead home run off Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader in the eighth inning of the All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

On the surface, this deal helps the Phillies even aside from the fact that they acquired an immediate upgrade at shortstop, making the almost $70 million in salary they're taking on between Segura and Nicasio well worth it. Shortstop was a revolving door a year ago and Segura solves the problem.

Shortstop was a place Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak was not happy with last season.

In time, don't be surprised if acquiring Segura is just the beginning of what should be an exciting offseason for the Phillies.

Crawford, selected by the Phillies in the first round (16th overall) of the June 2013 draft, appeared in 72 games for the Phillies over the last two seasons and slashed.214/.333/.358 over 225 plate appearances.

Crawford, 23, was once a top 10 prospect in all of baseball, but he's lost his luster the past few years. He will be 24 next season for the rebuilding Mariners who send all-star Robinson Cano to the Mets earlier in the day. 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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