Phillies

Phillies acquire Jean Segura in trade with Mariners

Phillies acquire Jean Segura in trade with Mariners

Updated: 5:18 p.m.

How’s this for a little appetizer to the Eagles’ big Monday Night Football game?

The Phillies completed a big trade with Seattle Mariners.

The deal brings All-Star shortstop Jean Segura to Philadelphia. Infielders Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford go to Seattle. The Phillies also received left-handed pitcher James Pazos and right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio in the deal.

The trade was finalized shortly after 5 p.m. after Segura officially waived his no-trade clause and the teams completed a review of medical records on the players involved.

Segura will play shortstop for the Phillies in 2019. The team will still pursue free agent Manny Machado with the hopes of convincing him to play third base, which is his best position (see story).

With Santana moving on, the Phils now have a clear path to move Rhys Hoskins from left field to first base. That was a major offseason objective for the club.

Segura, who turns 29 in March, is signed through 2022 and owed $60 million. He is an excellent hitter — he hit .308 with an .803 OPS over the last three seasons — and an above-average defender. He led the majors with 203 hits in 2016.

Segura can also play second base, but the Phillies still have Cesar Hernandez at the position for another season before he becomes a free agent. The Phils have considered trading Hernandez, but the market is flush with second basemen. If the Phillies hang on to Hernandez for 2019, Scott Kingery could move into the super-utility role that the team envisioned for him last spring.

In other Phillies matters, the team remains in pursuit of free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin. The left-hander is also being pursued by the Yankees and Nationals and is expected to make a decision soon.

The Phils are also pursuing lefty relievers Zach Britton and Andrew Miller, both free agents.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Phillies

Phillies ace Aaron Nola gets early offense, 3 K’s in spring debut

Phillies ace Aaron Nola gets early offense, 3 K’s in spring debut

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Aaron Nola’s spring debut went rather nicely Sunday afternoon. He came out of the gate with two scoreless innings and was supported by four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Nola threw 28 pitches over his two innings of work. Eighteen were strikes. He allowed three singles, walked none and struck out one. He was relieved by lefty JoJo Romero in the third inning.

It is presumed that Nola will be the Phillies’ opening day starter though manager Joe Girardi has not made an announcement yet.

The Phils’ offense looked good early. Roman Quinn led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a hit by Jean Segura. Jay Bruce added a two-run double in the inning and newcomer Kyle Garlick had an RBI single.

In other news, the Phanatic unveiled his new look before the game and the world kept on spinning.

More later.

Subscribe and rate Phillies Talk:
Apple Podcasts / Google Play / Spotify / Stitcher / Art19 / YouTube

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Phillies

New-look Phillie Phanatic makes his debut in Clearwater

New-look Phillie Phanatic makes his debut in Clearwater

The new-look Phillie Phanatic made his debut during the Phillies-Pirates game in Clearwater Sunday.

And while the look is different, the mischievous antics are the same. 

Here's an update on what is new with the Phanatic. Slightly different accessories but the same personality and the same mascot the sports world has grown to love (and consider the GOAT).

• Smaller snout with slightly different shape.

• Longer tail with a new color at the end.

• New shoes and socks.

• Scales on insides of arms.

• Different eye-wear.

Subscribe and rate Phillies Talk:
Apple Podcasts / Google Play / Spotify / Stitcher / Art19 / YouTube

More on the Phillies