What will Jean Segura’s role be with the Phillies in 2021?


As baseball's offseason takes shape, we will take a look at each player on the Phillies 2020 roster and where they fit in the future. We'll go through the roster by uniform number, lowest to highest for position players, highest to lowest for pitchers, and alternate daily.

Today: Infielder Jean Segura

Career rundown

Versatile infielder has been steady on both sides of the ball for four different clubs in nine seasons as a regular, but he's never been part of a postseason team.

How he became a Phillie

The Phillies had to pay a price to move on from Carlos Santana and get Rhys Hoskins back to first base. Taking on Segura's contract (as well reliever Juan Nicasio's $9 million salary) was a big part of that price in a December 2018 trade with Seattle.

2020 season 

Segura has a reputation of putting himself above the team and not always hustling, but his unselfishness was notable, and often mentioned by manager Joe Girardi, as he embraced two position changes when the Phils upgraded at shortstop (Didi Gregorius) and third base (Alec Bohm). Segura's batting average has come down the last two seasons, from .304 to .280 to .266 and his strikeout rate rose in 2020, but he did have a bunch of big hits for the club, including seven homers and 25 RBIs.

He hit .298 and had a .920 OPS with runners in scoring position. 

What lies ahead

Segura is owed $30 million over the next two seasons and that will make it very difficult to trade him. He could be right back at shortstop next season if the Phillies don't bring back free agent Gregorius. That's not exactly heartening considering Segura's defense slipped at shortstop in 2019.