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Carlos Santana, J.P. Crawford say goodbye to Philadelphia in classy fashion

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Carlos Santana, J.P. Crawford say goodbye to Philadelphia in classy fashion

On paper, general manager Matt Klentak and the Phillies did very well by trading Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford for All-Star shortstop Jean Segura and two relief pitchers. 

Neither the 23-year-old Crawford nor Santana, signed to a three-year, $60 million deal last December, performed to expectations in their time as Phillies.

Give both guys credit, though, for going out the right way.

In an Instagram post, Crawford thanked the Phillies organization and Phillies fans for "the inspiration to work as hard as I do, day in and day out." 

Santana, who chose the Phillies in free agency after spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians, was especially complimentary of the fans in an Instagram post, saying that "your passion for Philadelphia sports energized me and motivated me to do my best."

He even said "hopefully I'll play against you Phillies fans in the World Series!" That seems rather far-fetched given the Mariners' rebuilding approach, but you never know.



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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.

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Phillies reportedly poised to land Jean Segura in trade with Mariners

Phillies reportedly poised to land Jean Segura in trade with Mariners

The Phillies and Mariners have agreed in principle to a trade that would bring Jean Segura to Philadelphia, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale

Shortstop J.P. Crawford is reportedly involved in the deal, but there will surely be more pieces moving. 

Segura, who turns 29 in March, would be the initial prize in what’s expected to be a busy offseason for the Phillies. He’ll play shortstop and hit at the top of the order, providing the Phils’ lineup skills it lacked. Segura is an offensive catalyst, a consistent .300 hitter with speed who extends at-bats and uses center and right field as much any right-handed hitter in the game. 

In 2016, Segura hit .319 with 20 home runs and 41 doubles with the Diamondbacks, before being traded to Seattle, where he hit .302 the last two years with less pop. Citizens Bank Park plays much smaller than does Safeco Field, which could get Segura back closer to those 2016 career-highs. 

Segura is owed $14.25 million in each of the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons. There is a $17 club option for 2023. Altogether, it’s $58 million guaranteed over the next four seasons, a more than fair price for a player of Segura’s caliber. 

Our Jim Salisbury first reported Saturday the Phillies’ interest in Segura, noting that they would still pursue Manny Machado whether or not they added Segura (see story).

More to come Monday morning ...

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