10:40 pm : Segura is expected to refrain from its non-trade clause to meet the deal, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi…
10:40 pm : Segura is expected to refrain from its non-trade clause to meet the deal, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports ( Twitter link ).
21:59 : The two teams have agreed on the trade “basically” USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets . The deal will be announced on Monday, and Crawford will be part of the return to Seattle. It has been speculated that Carlos Santana could be sent to M’s to balance the money involved in the deal, according to Fancreds Jon Heyman although “Mariners may be resistant to it. “Santana’s involvement would bring a whole new aspect to this trade, as the first bassman owed $ 35 million over the next two years. The marines took Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak back from Mets to compensate Cano’s salary. 9:10 : Phillies and Mariners are “in serious talks” about a trade that would send shortstop Jean Segura to Philadelphia, The Athletics Ken Rosenthal Reports ( Twitter link ). Segura would have to refrain from its non-trade clause to allow the move. Rosenthal writes that M’s “has [their] the next agreement lined up” after the trade of Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz becomes official and since that deal could be completed on Monday the tip of a possible timeline of any potential Segura movement. Yesterday, Rosenthal reported that Seattle had an interest in Top Phillie’s Prospekt J.P. Crawford as a potential part of the return for Segura.
Segura was first linked to the Phillies last week and he has been a popular figure in trade rumors ever since the seamen were shifted into payroll mode. The Yankees also had an interest in Segura, while Padres and Mariners discussed a potential blockbuster who would have sent Segura and Mike Leake to San Diego in exchange for Wil Myers . With a .308 / .353 / .449 slash and 41 homers in the past three seasons, it is not surprising that Segura generates such interest. He does not turn 29 to March, and he is checked through the 2022 season on a contract that will pay him $ 58MM over the four seasons (including a $ 1MM purchase of a $ 17MM club option for 2023).
Shortstop was a major problem area for Phillies last season, as Crawford has not shown much in limited MLB action, and superuser Scott Kingery also did not produce in his first major league season. Manny Machado has been widely speculated to be a top goal for the Phillies in the winter, but in the case of a Segura trade, Machado would be pursued as a third baseman while Segura handled shortstop.
Dealing Segura would be the latest draw in a pretty amazing roster follow-up by Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, who has already traded James Paxton Mike Zunino Alex Colome and (all but officially ) Cano and Diaz in less than four weeks. Leake and Kyle Seager is also being treated as Dipoto seems to move as many long-term commitments as possible to relocate the M to return to battle in 2020 or 2021. These agreements have already left the Navy a significant amount of young talent to help his thin farming system, and even more may be on the way through the Segura store, or if Dipoto considers moving more controllable talent like Mitch Haniger or Marco Gonzales . For example, Crawford has had an agreement with the top 16 in the sport (according to Baseball America and Baseball America) in each of the last three seasons, but his relative lack of success at Triple-A level has slightly dampened his stock.