This trade hypothetical is a little more complicated to imagine due to Jean Segura‘s lofty salary at the moment, but one that the Philadelphia Phillies should consider nevertheless, for a few different reasons.
Right off the bat, it’s worth highlighting that Segura is in fact having a pretty good season for the Phillies thus far. HIs batting average sits north of .300, and his defense at second has been fine for the most part. On a team filled with low batting averages and high strikeout numbers, Segura is the least of the’ Phillies problems.
However, it’s also worth highlighting that Segura is on quite the salary at the moment. Set to make $14.85 million this season (and next season), Segura actually clocks in as one of the highest paid infielders in all of baseball.
While you could make the argument that Segura is worth such money due to his high batting average, this article is about thinking ahead to 2022, and as I’m sure you’re all well aware, the ’22 free agent shortstop class is set to be a historic one.
If the Phillies want to get in on the Trevor Story/Javy Baez/Corey Seager/Carlos Correa sweepstakes, they’re going to have to find a way to get rid of either Segura or Didi Gregorius. They just inked Didi to a two-year extension, and Didi’s value is at an all-time low due to his nagging injury issues this season, so Jean is probably the odd man out here.
Like previously stated, you have to give up value to get back value. A .300+ hitter could easily translate into multiple pieces via the trade block if a team is willing to pick up Segura’s salary moving forward.