3 Trevor Story trades Phillies should pursue with Rockies
By Matt Rappa
1. Jean Segura, Mick Abel, and Bryson Stott
The last of the three trade proposals would have the Phillies sending another major-league infielder to the Colorado Rockies, this time Jean Segura — who has not exactly performed up to his All-Star caliber, .300-hitting days prior to donning red pinstripes in the 2019 season. The Phillies reportedly garnered trade interest from teams for Segura this offseason, notably the Toronto Blue Jays, but that was before they signed free-agent infielder Marcus Semien.
Segura is signed through this and next season at $14.85 million each, and can be bought out for $1 million after 2022, only have a $17 million team option enacted. If the Phillies can, they would likely try to get out of his remaining deal, especially if Trevor Story comes on board. The Phillies would have to re-sign Story who is set to enter free agency after the 2021 season, and his average annual valuable would eclipse Segura’s $14.85 million AAV by a decent amount.
In dealing Segura with his nearly $30 million still owed, the Rockies are going to want a decent prospect haul in return for Story as well. Their Nos. 2 and 3 prospects, Bryson Stott and Mick Abel, should get the deal done while still allowing the team to keep Spencer Howard in red pinstripes.
Selected 15th overall in the 2020 draft, Abel is already getting much attention from around the league. MLB.com describes the 19-year-old as having the chance to form a “solid four-pitch mix.” The 6-foot-5 right-hander’s fastball peaked at 98 miles per hour during a recent Phillies instructional league.
The Oregon native is projected to debut in the majors in 2024, but don’t be surprised if he quickly rises through the system and makes his first appearance prior. The same can be said for Stott, who is projected to debut in 2022. The Rockies will have to appease fans sooner than later for parting ways with both Arenado and Story.