M's finalize trade with Mets, also send Segura to Phillies

M's finalize trade with Mets, also send Segura to Phillies

The Phillies traded Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford to the Mariners on Monday for shortstop Jean Segura, right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio and left-handed reliever James Pazos. 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. Last season he hit.341/.415/.755 with 63 RBIs and 10 home runs in 144 games.

It was only natural that the Phillies and Mariners matched up at some point this offseason.

Even with Santana's sizable salary, the Mariners shed a ton of financial obligation in the trade - and that's with Seattle reportedly paying Segura $1 million to waive his no-trade clause. Landing Segura before the MLB Winter Meetings begin next week would be an advantage for the Phillies, as it would allow them to head into the annual meetings with one key piece already acquired - and another selling point to other free agents.

Crawford, 23, has appeared in 72 Major League Baseball games with the Phillies over the past two seasons.

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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. He is a significant upgrade for the team and a big splash in the off-season for General Manager Matt Klentak.

There is speculation that the Phillies might actually be willing to sign both Machado and Harper.

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. He is signed through 2022, making a club-friendly $14.25 million each of the next four seasons, with a $17 million club option for '23. He could be a quality lead-off man if that's the path the Phillies choose.