The offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Phillies. With several names already headed for free agency, the Phillies must be sure to fill the holes on their roster if they hope to make a return to the World Series.
Philadelphia has seen two of their starters already head to free agency (three if you count Zach Eflin) and have recently declined the $17 million club option of starting second baseman Jean Segura. Over his career with the Phillies, the loveable infielder has slashed for .281/.337/.418 while collecting 43 home runs, 176 RBIs, and 228 runs. He’s also managed a 98.6 fielding percentage at second in that time.
Without El Mambo manning the middle infield, the Phillies find themselves in a position where they must hit on their decision of a replacement. Thankfully, there are a number of eligible options, including a familiar face.
The Philadelphia Phillies could replace Jean Segura with, well, Jean Segura.
Before getting down to the names from outside the organization that could replace the Phillies’ former second baseman, it’s important to first talk about a very real possibility. That is, the concept that the team’s new second baseman could actually be their old second baseman.
It’s entirely possible that Jean Segura could return despite the Phillies declining his option earlier this week. Should that be the case, it would likely be on a multi-year deal with a lower AAV (average annual value). Perhaps a two-year deal in the $20-$22 million range (ESPN suggested two years, $19 million).
If Philadelphia were to bring Segura back, they would have ample opportunity to target one of the higher-tier starting pitchers available. Perhaps not a Jacob deGrom, but Carlos Rodón could still be in play, or perhaps even two of Tyler Anderson, Martín Pérez, and José Quintana.
If the Philadelphia Phillies decide against a Segura reunion, however, they will have a bevy of options in front of them. One important observation to note, considering the players available this offseason, is that current shortstop Bryson Stott would likely take over second if the Phillies were to add either of the following players.