The Mariners' next trade after completing a huge seven-player swap with the New York Mets is another blockbuster with a National League East team. Segura is expected to take over at shortstop for the Phillies unless they are successful in their bid for Manny Machado, which would likely move Segura to second base.
Philadelphia will start Segura at shortstop for the foreseeable future. That's all great news for a team that finished with 1,520 strikeouts last season, the third-most in baseball.
For reasons that are hard to explain, the Mariners seem to be willing to move on from numerous key players this offseason, whether it happens to be Segura or Robinson Cano, who will coincidentally be joining the NL East as well after a trade to the New York Mets.
Segura, 28, will be an upgrade for the Phillies in the infield.
"Carlos Santana has been among the most durable players in the big leagues over the last eight years and has been a fixture in the middle of lineups during that time", Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a press release. Last season, the Long Beach, California native only played in 49 games and hit a pedestrian.214/.319/.393 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 138 plate appearances.
There is speculation that the Phillies might actually be willing to sign both Machado and Harper. He was supposed to help lead a young Phillies group through the final stretch of the rebuild and into the postseason for the first time since 2011.
Segura is signed through 2022 with a $17-million club option in 2023. Doing so could cost them well over $600 million, though Philadelphia has plenty of money to spend with less than $70 million committed to players for next season before landing Segura.