Segura has primarily hit second for the Phillies this spring, sandwiched between fellow new arrivals Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper. The trio of newcomers has resided as manager Gabe Kapler's preferred top of the lineup when all three have been available this spring, with Rhys Hoskins cleaning up behind them. Segura should benefit from a major upgrade in home park in addition to an improved lineup this season and should score a lot of runs with Harper and Hoskins hitting behind him.
The Mariners agreed in principle Monday to send Segura to the Phillies in a multi-player trade, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford are the key principals headed back to Seattle, with other prospects believed to be involved in the deal. The transactions won't become official until all players included in the deal pass their physicals, though that's expected to be a formality. In Philadelphia, Segura should slide in as the everyday shortstop, a position the team struggled to generate production from last season between Crawford and Scott Kingery. It's likely that Segura will also occupy a spot near the top of the order, which should continue to afford him ample run-scoring opportunities and a green light on the basepaths.
The Mariners have agreed in principle to send Segura to the Phillies for J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana along with additional prospects, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal hasn't been finalized just yet, although both sides could work out the details as soon as Monday. Segura slashed .304/.341/.415 with 63 RBI and 20 stolen bases over 144 games with Seattle a season ago, and he figures to benefit from heading to a Philadelphia club that hopes to make a deep playoff run in 2019. The 28-year-old shortstop would have to waive his no-trade clause in order for the trade to go down, although sources close to Segura have noted that "Segura will gladly waive no trade clause ... he wants out worse than anyone.", Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Expect the exchange to come to fruition in the next few days.
Segura is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Segura remained in the starting nine Saturday after being benched for a lack of hustle in Friday's game, but the veteran will take a seat for the season finale. The Mariners have all but three of their regular starters on the bench, with Andrew Romine taking over at shortstop and batting ninth. Segura could still enter the game but is likely to finish the season with a .304/.341/.415 slash line, 20 stolen bases and 10 home runs.
Segura went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday against the Rangers. After being benched due to lack of hustle on Friday, Segura responded by recording his first three-hit game since Sept. 1. While he's struggled for much of September -- he entered Saturday's contest slugging .247 across 81 at-bats -- Segura still managed to produce across the board for the season. His 20 stolen bases, .304 batting average and 91 runs scored all made him a strong option in all formats.
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