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Jean Segura, Marlins agree to 2-year, $17 million deal

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The Miami Marlins have signed their first free agent of the MLB offseason. The Marlins have decided to keep shortstop Jean Segura in the NL East by signing him to a 2-year, $17 million deal.

Segura was the Phillies’ starting shortstop for the 2019 season but switched to the right side of the infield to become their second basemen when the Phillies acquired former Yankee Didi Gregorious. Then, 2019 14th overall selection Alec Bohm would assume the position last season. As a Philly, Segura put up some pretty decent numbers. It is also to note that Segura mashes lefties, his stat line against left-handed pitchers shows a .301 BA, a .360 OBP, a .495 SLG, and a .855 OPS.

Segura has two All-Star game selections to his name, one while playing for the Brewers in the 2013 season and the other while playing for the Mariners in 2018, his last season with the team before he was traded to the Phillies in a deal that included Juan Nicasio and James Pazos headed to the Phillies alongside Segura in exchange for J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana. Santana never appeared in a game for the Mariners and was traded to the Cleveland Guardians shortly afterward, and J.P. Crawford is currently the Mariners’ starting shortstop.

As for what position Segura will play in Miami, I think he ultimately takes the starting shortstop job and gets to turn double plays alongside young superstar Jazz Chisholm. Segura has appeared in 911 games as a shortstop, 399 as a second baseman, 24 as a third baseman, and just one game as a DH, which came in the red pinstripes.

I do believe the move will improve the Marlins, as their infield is lacking a bit, and Segura will fit in nicely with Chisholm.

 

 

 

 

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