Mariners Trade Jean Segura to Phillies for Santana, Crawford | Def Pen
Jean Segura
Jean Segura (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)

Jean Segura is the latest member of the Seattle Mariners infield from 2018 to find themselves as a member of an NL East team heading into the New Year. Last week, the Mariners decided to trade Robinson Cano to the New York Mets and now the Mariners are shipping the All-Star shortstop to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Following comes from Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Jon Heyman of FanCred.

Segura first became a name to look out for in 2013 when he was named to his first MLB All-Star game as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Segura was eventually traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016, the same season he eclipsed the 200 hits mark, but then was traded to the Mariners that offseason. His second career All-Star selection came this past season and it was well deserved. He posted a career-high .304 batting average with a career-low strikeout mark to go with 178 hits, 10 homers and 63 RBIs. He’s going to be the Phillies shortstop of the future as the team looks to return to the postseason.

For the Mariners, it’s just another step in their rebuild. Bringing on the 32-year-old Santana with two years and $41 million left on his contract is an interesting move for Mariners general manager Jerry DiPoto, especially considering his rather lackluster output last season by his standards, but it might not be the last move Seattle makes. They want to rebuild their prospects and taking a chance on infielder JP Crawford isn’t a bad place to start. 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.

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