Phillies near deal for Mariners All-Star Jean Segura

The Philadelphia Phillies are nearing a deal to acquire All-Star infielder Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners, according to multiple reports.
The deal would involve multiple players, and Segura will need to waive his no-trade clause to join Philadelphia, according to reports.
Segura batted .304 with 10 home runs, 91 runs and 63 RBIs in 144 games last season and was named an American League All-Star.
In June 2017, Segura agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Mariners spanning 2018 to 2022. The deal has a $17 million option for 2023, with a $1 million buyout.

Since the season ended, the Mariners have traded ace James Paxton, catcher Mike Zunino and pitcher Alex Colome, along with Segura, Cano and Diaz. They have virtually every veteran on the trade block.

Segura will play shortstop for the Phillies in 2019. The team will still pursue free agent Manny Machado with the hopes of convincing him to play third base, which is his best position

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With Santana moving on, the Phils now have a clear path to move Rhys Hoskins from left field to first base. That was a major offseason objective for the club.

Segura can also play second base, but the Phillies still have Cesar Hernandez at the position for another season before he becomes a free agent. The Phils have considered trading Hernandez, but the market is flush with second basemen. If the Phillies hang on to Hernandez for 2019, Scott Kingery could move into the super-utility role that the team envisioned for him last spring.

The team remains in pursuit of free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin. The left-hander is also being pursued by the Yankees and Nationals and is expected to make a decision soon.

The Phils are also pursuing lefty relievers Zach Britton and Andrew Miller, both free agents.

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