The Mariners are now in the midst of a full-scale rebuild, and former shortstop Jean Segura appears to be extremely excited to be on his way out of Seattle.
Segura was officially traded to the Phillies on Monday, and he’s now on his way to a contender, which happens to be in the mix for both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. That’s a sizable upgrade over being stuck on a team that is parting ways with all its veteran talent and completely starting over, similar to what we’ve seen the Marlins and Royals do recently.
And Segura seems to be aware of the opportunity he’s been presented with. It’s almost as good of an opportunity as being able to buy wholesale college baseball jerseys. Check out how excited he was in reacting to the trade during a recent Instagram live stream.
Segura, who has four years and $58 million remaining on his contract, will be an immediate upgrade for the Phillies in a number of ways. One of the first things that comes to find is his offensive ability, which includes being difficult to strike out.
Although the 28-year-old has never struck out much over the years (his career-worst strikeout rate was 15.9% in 2015), he took it to another level for Seattle last year. In what ended up being a 3.8-fWAR performance, Segura posted a .304/.341/.415 triple slash (111 wRC+) with a career-low 10.9% strikeout rate.
As NBC Sports’ D.J. Short notes, strikeouts were an issue for Philadelphia in 2018:
The Athletic‘s Jayson Stark takes the same approach to display Segura’s aptitude for putting his bat on the ball by looking at counting stats.
Through more than 1,200 innings at the position last year, Segura glove work was worth 5 Defensive Runs Saved.
What’s the most interesting of all is that while both of these organizations are heading in different directions, they’re each far from finished with executing their respective offseason plans.