The Seattle Mariners are in full-on teardown mode. Monday morning, it would become official — Jean Segura now plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. But in return, Seattle gets one of the more highly-touted prospects in recent memory: J.P. Crawford. That’s not all, however. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the full(ish) return:
#Mariners are in agreement pending physical review to send Jean Segura to the #Phillies for Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford. There will be other prospects involved. I believe @Ken_Rosenthal was 1st to say this was close to happening.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 3, 2018
Here’s the thing about Crawford — he’s superb defensively. And for the past 4-5 seasons, he’s been a top 100 prospect. Between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he even got up to a top 5 spot. But at the plate, Crawford hasn’t really gotten going. With 225 major league plate appearances to his name, he’s slashing just .214/.333/.393 with six doubles and three dingers. That said, he’s only 23 years old. In other words, the Mariners have plenty of times to get him right.
They’re also getting Carlos Santana in this deal, who’s coming off a slower season — .229/.352/.414 with 28 doubles and 24 home runs. If nothing else, despite the dip in average Santana was able to get on base plenty. He hit just .209 in the first half, but .256 in the first half. His OBP went up a couple of ticks and his slugging percentage saw a sizeable increase in the second half. In 29 fewer games in the second half, Santana hit just four fewer home runs (10) than he did in the first half (14).
As for Segura, the Phillies are getting one heckuva middle infield. Since being traded by the Milwaukee Brewers four offseasons ago, he’s flourished. In 2016 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he led the league in hits (203) while slashing .319/.368/.499 with 41 doubles and 20 home runs. Then for some reason, they’d trade him to the Mariners. In two seasons with Seattle, he hit .302/.345/.421 with 59 doubles and 21 home runs. So yes, the Phillies might want to see what happened with his power stroke. But at the very least, Segura is a solid hitter who gets on base a lot. And, he’s only 28 years old.
The Phillies are ready to spend this offseason, and they just made their starting lineup better — while also freeing up first base, a position in which they had too many players at last season.
We don’t know what the Mariners are doing, but it sure is making for a wild offseason.