Phillies, Mariners Nearing Deal Centered Around Jean Segura

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This lines up with previous rumors that the Phillies would be sending shortstop J.P. Crawford to Seattle for Jean Segura.

The Mariners' next trade after completing a enormous seven-player swap with the New York Mets is another blockbuster with a National League East team.

The 28-year-old Segura was named to his second career All-Star Game in 2018, hitting.304 with 10 home runs and 63 RBIs over 144 games in his second season with the club.

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For the past few weeks the Phillies and their future could not be discussed without mentioning Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. It would be pretty surprising at this point if Segura wasn't with the Phillies before the Winter Meetings, which start next Monday, and it seems like Crawford will be involved. How about Santana? Why are they giving up on him so early in his contract?

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

Crawford, selected by the Phillies in the first round (16th overall) of the June 2013 draft, appeared in 72 games for the Phillies over the last two seasons and slashed.214/.333/.358 over 225 plate appearances.

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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?

After reportedly reaching a deal to acquire Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners, the Phillies are reportedly still interested in signing at least one of the bigger free agents available. Doing so could cost them well over $600 million, though Philadelphia has plenty of money to spend with less than $70 million committed to players for next season before landing Segura.

Speaking of Crawford, the former first-round pick never materialized into an All-star caliber player that everybody expected to become due to injuries.

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