As a team looking to make a huge splash this offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies seem to be eyeing Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura as a potential candidate for the first new face they bring in. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners, a rebuilding franchise, could be looking at infielder J.P. Crawford in a deal that would send Segura to Philadelphia.
Segura, who is signed through the 2023 season, has hit over .300 each of the last three seasons and led shortstops in batting average last season at .304. He is also a nifty shortstop in the field, which will help a Phillies ball club who did not get much offensive or defensive production out of that spot in 2018.
I believe that a package that includes Crawford, first baseman Carlos Santana, and a lower-end pitching prospect like Enyel De Los Santos could be what it takes to get Segura into red pinstripes. This deal would net the Phillies the first valuable piece of this important offseason that they desire, while continuing to allow them flexibility in regards to what players the team will go after in free agency or other trades. This move could allow them to move Rhys Hoskins to his natural position at first base and open up an outfield spot for someone like free agent superstar Bryce Harper. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia also reports that a Segura trade does not rule out the potential signing of Manny Machado as the third baseman of the Phillies. The Phillies have many different paths they can take on their way to acquiring talent before next season and trading for Jean Segura just might be the right one to take first.