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-years old, hit.304 last season with an.755 OPS, knocking in 63 runs on 10 home runs, 29 doubles and 178 total hits. The deal isn't expected to affect their pursuit of Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.
The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly made their first impactful move of the offseason. Crawford was once one of Philadelphia's top prospects.
The Phillies are also able to move on from J.P. Crawford.
Philadelphia will start Segura at shortstop for the foreseeable future.
Even with Santana's sizable salary, the Mariners shed a ton of financial obligation in the trade - and that's with Seattle reportedly paying Segura $1 million to waive his no-trade clause.
J.P. Crawford, the 13th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, played 49 games for the Phillies previous year. He was supposed to help lead a young Phillies group through the final stretch of the rebuild and into the postseason for the first time since 2011. The Long Beach native was selected by the Phillies 16th overall in the 2013 MLB Draft and has 72 games of experience in the Majors.
There is speculation that the Phillies might actually be willing to sign both Machado and Harper. He is signed through 2022, making a club-friendly $14.25 million each of the next four seasons, with a $17 million club option for '23. He mostly plays short, the position Machado has said he'd like to stay at, but just two season ago - one in which Segura hit a career-high.319 and finished 13 in the NL MVP voting with the Diamondbacks - he appeared at second base in 141 games.
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