The Philidelphia Phillies and the clearly rebuilding Seattle Mariners struck a deal on Monday that will send first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford to Seattle, while relievers Juan Nicasio and James Pazos head to Philadelphia along with the centerpiece of the deal, Jean Segura.
Segura had a phenomenal 2018 season in which he hit .304 with 10 home runs, 91 runs and 63 runs batted in through 144 games en route to being named an American League All-Star. Segura would hit a three-run home run off of Josh Hader to contribute to the American League’s 8-6 victory over the National League.
Also going to the Mariners are two relievers, one of them being James Pazos who was 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 50 relief innings last season and the other being Juan Nicasio who was a mere 1-6 with a 6.00 ERA and one save in 42 relief innings.
Carlos Santana had a solid 2018 season, hitting a modest .229 with 24 home runs and 86 runs batted in. Santana signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies last offseason and will now be shipped off to Seattle along with his contract. J.P. Crawford was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2013 draft and hit a mediocre .214 with three home runs and 12 runs batted in over the course of 49 games in 2018.
The Phillies will now have a stud at the shortstop position without playing an insane amount of money of Manny Machado and will also get two relievers that will bolster bullpen depth.
The Seattle Mariners have made it clear that they are rebuilding in 2019 after trading Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets before making this deal. The Mariners are throwing in the towel and there is no turning back now.