MLB Rumors: Phillies trading for Jean Segura

Jean Segura

Jean Segura The Canadian Press

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed in principal to acquire Segura for shortstop J.P. Crawford.

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. Last season he hit.304 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI's, adding in 20 stolen bases. The deal isn't expected to affect their pursuit of Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.

Details are still emerging but this is an exciting move for the Phillies.

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. While Segura is only 28, he's been traded three times, having previously played for the Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, and Arizona Diamondbacks before going to the Mariners. How about Santana? Why are they giving up on him so early in his contract? He is under team control through 2023 and won't be arbitration-eligible until the 2021 season. They are getting a very good player in Segura, who will be an instant upgrade at the plate and in the field.

The Phillies are also able to move on from J.P. Crawford. Last year, in 49 games, the 2013 first-round pick hit.214/.319/.393 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Crawford, 23, has appeared in 72 Major League Baseball games with the Phillies over the past two seasons.

Carlos Santana was supposed to be an offseason win for Phillies general manager Matt Klentak.

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

In an Instagram post, Crawford thanked the Phillies organization and Phillies fans for "the inspiration to work as hard as I do, day in and day out". He could be a quality lead-off man if that's the path the Phillies choose.

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