Jean Segura Could Be a Veteran Utility Bat
Jean Segura was traded to Philadelphia in 2018 in a trade that sent JP Crawford and Carlos Santana to Seattle.
While he did bat .281 in his time with the Phillies, adding 43 homers, his .214 average in the 2022 playoffs stung, and he headed to free agency after losing the World Series.
2023 was a disappointing year for Segura, who was traded by the Miami Marlins to the Cleveland Guardians, who immediately dropped him for financial purposes. In 85 games, he batted just .219.
The two-time all-star is undoubtedly not at the top of anyone's wish list when it comes to the free agent market. We are seemingly so far removed from the 2016 Segura that had 203 hits for the Diamondbacks.
Depending on what Jean Segura is looking for entering his age 34 season, he could fill out the Phillies depth quite nicely as a guy with versatility and a streaky bat.
Remember, the Phillies are objectively set on their starting lineup.
They need to stay healthy, they need to be more consistent, and they need to stop striking out. If Segura enters a situation where expectations are high but the help is there and the environment is set to make a run, who's to say he could not come off the bench in crucial moments to revert back to the 2016 that had some talking MVP? Plus, if you're worries about the cost, Cleveland is responsible for $8.5 million in 2024 and $2 million in 2025. This means the Phillies can sign him for the league minimum while the Guardians continue to pay the rest.