He will become the latest high-profile player traded away by the Mariners, who are tearing down their roster in an effort to rebuild the team.
Seattle sends second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz to NY in exchange for outfielder Jay Bruce, pitcher Anthony Swarzak, pitcher Gerson Bautista, outfielder Jarred Kelenic and righty Justin Dunn.
The 28-year-old Segura was named to his second career All-Star Game in 2018, hitting.304 with 10 home runs and 63 RBIs over 144 games in his second season with the club.
With all due respect to J.P. Crawford since the potential always seemed to be there, the addition of Segura would clearly be an upgrade at the position. Crawford hit just.214 with 18 RBIs in 72 games over the last two seasons. Of his 1,080 swings, 527 were put in play, giving him the ninth-best contact rate at 48.8 percent. According to Baseball Info Solution, Phillies shortstops combined for minus-23 in defensive runs saved in 2018 with Crawford at minus-6.
Last year around this time, the Phillies signed the veteran slugger to a three-year, $60 million deal to provide some offensive firepower in the batting order. He hit the go-ahead 3 run home run for the NL in the All-Star game off Josh Hader. Doing so could cost them well over $600 million, though Philadelphia has plenty of money to spend with less than $70 million committed to players for next season before landing Segura.
The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly made a major acquisition this evening, acquiring a former All-Star shortstop. And Philly gets rid of Santana's contract as he is owed $35 million over the next two seasons.