Phillies trade chip: INF Jean Segura
When Jean Segura wiped his Instagram of all Phillies content at the beginning of the offseason, fans speculated that he’d been traded. Instead, it appears he was simply giving his socials a makeover, as he remains with the team.
The Phillies acquired Segura from the Seattle Mariners ahead of the 2019 season, less than two years after they signed him to a five-year extension in 2017.
Over three seasons and 329 games in Philadelphia, Segura has hit .282/.337/.427 with a .763 OPS. He’s accumulated 69 doubles, 183 runs scored, and 143 RBI over his Phillies tenure, and his 14 home runs in 2021 were the second-most of any season in his 10-year career.
With the unstable state of the infield around Segura (Alec Bohm, Didi Gregorius), it’s hard to see the Phillies trading him before the season begins. However, if the Phillies look like losers in July, they won’t have a hard time finding a new home for Segura. In return, they could infuse their barren farm system with new prospects.
Segura’s contract includes a club option for 2023, so he wouldn’t have to be a short-term rental, making him an even more appealing trade target for contending teams. He does have a full no-trade clause, but he’s already waived that once before, when the Mariners wanted to bring him here.