MLB: Will they be dismantled? Phillies let go of their first two players, a Dominican second baseman and a pitcher

As expected, the Phillies have declined his $17MM option on second baseman Jean Segura in favor of a $1MM purchase. Philadelphia also confirmed earlier reports that Zach Eflin turned down his share of a $15 million mutual option.

The move could end Segura’s four-year tenure in Philadelphia. First acquired from the Mariners during the 2018-19 offseason in the deal that sent JP Crawford and transferred Carlos Santana’s contract to SeattleSegura has spent the last four years playing in the middle of the draw more or less every day:

After one season at shortstop, he spent the last three years as the club’s primary second baseman. Segura has been a solid player on both sides of the ball, combining adequate offense with slightly above-average defensive markings at the cornerstone.

The two-time All-Star doesn’t have a huge lead, but he constantly puts the ball in play. He has never had a strikeout rate above the league average in his career, and last season’s 15% mark is about seven points below the league figure.

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Coupled with above-average speed and an all-field approach that makes him difficult to position, Segura hit between .266 and .290 in the four seasons of his tenure with the Phillies. He doesn’t draw many walks, but solid batting averages have raised his marks based on a reasonable range.

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I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, the LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signing important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it took almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Will they be dismantled? Phillies let go of their first two players, a Dominican second baseman and a pitcher