This lines up with previous rumors that the Phillies would be sending shortstop J.P. Crawford to Seattle for Jean Segura.
Players like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have been linked to the Phillies over the last couple of months since they were one of the teams in the best position to be able to afford these kind of big-name players.
The move comes one day after the Mariners agreed to send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets. He ranked sixth in the American League in hits (178) and seventh in batting average last season, while also leading the majors in three-hit games (20).
With the potential addition of the 28-year-old All-star that should help the Phillies solve some of their RISP issues.
The Phillies are also able to move on from J.P. Crawford. Crawford, on the other hand, had a fielding percentage of.933 in limited action at shortstop, while Kingery posted a solid fielding percentage of.975. According to Baseball Info Solution, Phillies shortstops combined for minus-23 in defensive runs saved in 2018 with Crawford at minus-6. Of his 1,080 swings, 527 were put in play, giving him the ninth-best contact rate at 48.8 percent.
Segura is signed through 2022 with a $17-million club option in 2023. He hit the go-ahead 3 run home run for the NL in the All-Star game off Josh Hader.
Therefore, when you factor in his performance at the plate, along with the idea of the Phillies moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base next season full time, it was no room for him in Philadelphia's future plans.
A little after 10 pm Sunday night Ken Rosenthal, MLB writer for the Athletic reported that the Philadelphia Phillies would be acquiring All-Star shortstop Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners. And Philly gets rid of Santana's contract as he is owed $35 million over the next two seasons.
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