Philadelphia Phillies near deal for Seattle Mariners' Jean Segura

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Infielder Jean Segura has waived his no-trade clause and has officially been traded by the Mariners alongside right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio and left-handed pitcher James Pazos to the Phillies. Last week, the Mariners chose to trade Robinson Cano to the New York Mets and now the Mariners are shipping the All-Star shortstop to the Philadelphia Phillies. Segura is expected to take over at shortstop for the Phillies unless they are successful in their bid for Manny Machado, which would likely move Segura to second base.

Segura, 28, batted.304 with 10 home runs, 91 runs and 63 RBIs in 144 games last season and was named an American League All-Star.

It was only natural that the Phillies and Mariners matched up at some point this offseason. One, the other or even both, could still be in red pinstripes soon, although it was a different star whose destination was Philadelphia on Monday. Of his 1,080 swings, 527 were put in play, giving him the ninth-best contact rate at 48.8 percent. He is under team control through 2023 and won't be arbitration-eligible until the 2021 season.

With the trade for Segura, the infield is beginning to look pretty crowded. 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. He is a significant upgrade for the team and a big splash in the off-season for General Manager Matt Klentak. He has struggled in 72 Major League Baseball games over two seasons, however, hitting just.214 with a.333 on-base percentage, .358 slugging percentage, three home runs and three stolen bases.

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

Last season marked Segura's third straight season with a batting average of.300 or better and his sixth consecutive year with at least 20 steals.

Neither the 23-year-old Crawford nor Santana, signed to a three-year, $60 million deal last December, performed to expectations in their time as Phillies. Adding Segura to the picture still leaves the Phillies options if Machado chooses the City of Brotherly Love.

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