The teardown rolls on.
On Sunday morning, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal came out and said that the Seattle Mariners, only hours after trading away Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the New York Mets, were also looking towards another NL East team to make a move.
Today, the deal was announced.
The Seattle Mariners would be sending two-time All-star shortstop Jean Segura to the Philadelphia Phillies for, at least, shortstop J.P. Crawford. I say at least because the details on this trade are still very sketchy, but at this moment it is known that Crawford, as well as Phillies first basemen Carlos Santana, will be heading to the Pacific Northwest, in addition to “more players.” Take that as you will.
Carlos Santana and JP Crawford are going to mariners in the Segura deal. More player(s) involved as well.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 3, 2018
What is for certain is that Jean Segura is no longer a member of the Mariners, and J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana are no longer members of the Phillies.
Like I said in my own assessment of the Mariners tank-in-progress, everything and anything is apparently available.
Jean Segura was acquired by the Mariners back in 2016, along with outfielder Mitch Haniger in exchange for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte. Segura, 28 years old, had signed a 5-year, $70-million extension with the club in 2017 and seemed to be a cornerstone of the franchise heading forward. Fresh off the heels of three straight years of hitting .300 with 10+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases, Segura’s job looked pretty safe. However, Mariners top brass deemed him expendable.
The Phillies get themselves a great offensive shortstop with five years of control at a very affordable price, whilst giving up very little in return.
J.P. Crawford, who was once ranked as high as the 2nd best prospect in baseball, has sputtered since reaching the major league level. He has hit .214 over his first 187 professional at-bats and hasn’t seen much steady playing time as a result. He is still only 23 years old and has more than enough time to turn it around, and will likely be the Mariners everyday shortstop for the foreseeable future.
As for Santana, he signed a 3 year, $60 million deal last season and was supposed to be the big bat to compliment Rhys Hoskins in the middle of the Phillies order. Despite hitting 24 home runs, driving in 86 runs, and walking over 100 times in his first year in Philadelphia, the Phillies front office saw Santana’s contract as an albatross and was reportedly looking to move the 32-year-old way back at the trade deadline. One thing is for certain, Santana will not be staying in Seattle for long. Considering how much money is attached to him, and the Mariners seemingly shopping any veteran with a multi-year contract for pennies on the dollar, Santana is almost guaranteed to be gone in the next few months.
One thing to keep an eye for the rest of the offseason is the Phillies proclamation that they are really going for it all in 2019 and beyond. After years of futility in the post-Howard/Rollins/Utley era, the team was finally back in the playoff hunt this year, only to flop in August and September. With the acquisition of Segura, plus the team’s position in the Machado and Harper sweepstakes, and also being linked to Patrick Corbin and Craig Kimbrel, the Phillies appear to be gearing up for an expensive, and lucrative, offseason. The Braves and the Nationals both look like they are trying to get even better for next year, but the Phillies have made it clear that they aren’t to be messed with.
Like I said before, details are still scarce in regards to what players are going where, but this is what is known right now. If other players are going to be thrown into this deal, which is almost a certainty at this point, they will likely be nothing more than sweeteners.
We should be thankful for teams like the Mariners keep the offseason interesting. Without all of the insanity they’re pulling right now, early December would be so boring.
Thanks, Mariners. Now keep it going.
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