By Eric Jacinto
The Phillies on Monday afternoon trade for two time all-star shortstop, Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Santana and former top Phillies prospect (Shortstop), J.P. Crawford. The Phillies also get two relievers, James Pazos (LHP) and Juan Nicasio (RHP) in the deal.
This trade is great for the Phillies because they get rid of Carlos Santana's contract and get a shortstop that can hit, play defense pretty well and has speed. J.P. Crawford is still young enough where he can be a very good player in time but the Phillies are no longer in rebuild mode, they're in win now mode. The Mariners are tearing the house down and are in rebuild mode right now and Crawford is better off on a team that is doing just that, he will be able to play everyday and can develop into a good player. This move also means the Rhys Hoskins gets to move back to his normal position first base.
I believe this is the start of many moves for the Phillies as they are looking to spend money this off-season. This moves doesn't mean they're not gonna after Manny Machado, they're still very much interested in him according to Phillies insider Todd Zolecki.
Jean Segura Stats:
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Finally, the Phillies get two pretty decent relievers in the deal that is getting unnoticed here because Segura and Santana are the big names in this deal. Lefty, James Pazos is only 27 years old and will be entering his 5th season in the major leagues, this past season he had an ERA of 2.88 with 45 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched. Juan Nicasio, played for the Phillies back in 2017 and made two appearances before going to the St. Louis Cardinals via trade. Nicasio is a former starter that turned reliever several years back, he's an ok reliever, he can't be any worse than some of our relievers this past season.