Jerry DiPoto is like this guy in your fantasy league, offering five league games a week to every other team in the league. For those of us who are just happy that something happens in this offseason, we thank him.
The Seattle Mariners have long been willing to sell this offseason due to their status and their farm system. The aforementioned DiPoto is their general manager, and all of this is true in a division due to the presence of Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics and even the angels (as long as they have trout mostly quit.)
We had seen the Mariners make a few smaller vendor trains before taking out the big guns and pulling Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets over the weekend. Now it looks like another Mariner is on the move.
̵1; Joel Sherman (@ Joelsherman1) 3. December 2018
For the Phillies this deal is easy to understand how badly their infield played this season. Both Santana and Crawford were disappointing as they moved west, and the Phillies Infield was arguably the worst defensive unit in baseball in addition to the fighting on the plate. Segura brings real offensive production (.304 / .341 / .415) and some defensive skills into a Phillies squad who need both (though it's worth noting that Segura's defensive metrics were a bit ubiquitous in his career). 19659006] As far as the return to Seattle is concerned, we do not know enough to give it a note. Segura has been a 3+ fWAR player for the last three seasons, at least three more team control seasons, one club option for a fourth. Although it is not particularly cheap ($ 14.5 million a year over the next three years), its production is hugely valuable and its return must reflect this. Crawford is a former top prospect that will hopefully benefit from a landscape change, and Santana was mostly a positive result last year, even though it looks like his best days are behind him. It'll be interesting to see if Seattle was able to take away real talent from the Phillies.
It is worth noting that this move makes the pursuit of Manny Machado by the Phillies a little complicated. Segura has already played a second base in his career, but for the most part he was a shortstop, which is Machado's desired position. While the Phillies would certainly find out if Machado wanted to sign with them, the question arises as to whether Machado now looks elsewhere, where Segura is in the fold.