The Phillies will miss Jean Segura this season, even with Trea Turner added to the infield mix.
Similar to Zach Eflin, another player Phillies fans will miss and wish stayed for the coming season is second baseman Jean Segura. The 33-year-old infielder signed a two-year, $17 million contract with a $10 million club option for the 2025 season with the division-rival Miami Marlins.
Entering Tuesday, the veteran is slashing .324/.361/.382 in Grapefruit League action this spring. In other words, he could cause a lot of headaches for his former team, albeit not as much as he could have in past seasons, with fewer scheduled games between division opponents.
Once acquired as part of the trade that sent first baseman Carlos Santana and top infield prospect J.P. Crawford to the Seattle Mariners, Segura's 2019-22 Phillies tenure will be remembered fondly. His biggest hit came in the first game of the 2022 National League Wild Card Series against the St. Louis Cardinals — a two-RBI, ninth-inning single that propelled the team from an imminent Game 1 loss and possible sweep all the way to two wins shy of a championship.
Segura played 427 regular season games as a Phillie and slashed .281/.337/.418 with 78 doubles, 43 home runs, 176 RBI, 117 walks, and just 254 strikeouts. Fielding second base, third base, and shortstop, he could also be relied on to fill whatever infield role was needed.
While the Phillies essentially replaced Segura with perennial All-Star Trea Turner — which moved Bryson Stott to second base — the Dominican Republic native's clubhouse presence will be deeply missed in 2023.