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Mariners trade 3 players, including Jean Segura, to Phillies for SS JP Crawford, 1B Carlos Santana

Dec 3, 2018, 1:46 PM | Updated: 2:28 pm

Jean Segura is heading to the Phillies after two seasons with the Mariners. (AP)...

Jean Segura is heading to the Phillies after two seasons with the Mariners. (AP)

(AP)

The Mariners’ next trade after completing a gigantic seven-player swap with the New York Mets is another blockbuster with a National League East team.

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The Mariners have sent All-Star shortstop Jean Segura, right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio and left-handed reliever James Pazos to the Philadelphia Phillies for veteran first baseman Carlos Santana and up-and-coming shortstop J.P. Crawford.

The main prize in the deal for Seattle is Crawford, who is just 23 and has a high ceiling as a strong defender with on-base skills. He has struggled in 72 MLB games over two seasons, however, hitting just .214 with a .333 on-base percentage, .358 slugging percentage, three home runs and three stolen bases. He is under team control through 2023 and won’t be arbitration-eligible until the 2021 season.

Santana, 32, hit .229 with 24 home runs, 86 RBIs and a .766 OPS in 2018, his first season with Philadelphia after eight years with Cleveland. He has six 20-homer seasons over his career, including 2016 when he hit 34. He is owed $34.5 million over the remaining two years on his contract.

“Carlos Santana has been among the most durable players in the big leagues over the last eight years and has been a fixture in the middle of lineups during that time,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a press release. “He gets on base, he does damage at the plate and is quite an underrated first baseman. J.P. Crawford gives us a young shortstop who is very athletic and fills up the tool box; he hits, he runs, he plays defense, he throws, he has power. For the last four years running, he’s been among the top 20 prospects in baseball.”

Even with Santana’s sizable salary, the Mariners shed a ton of financial obligation in the trade – and that’s with Seattle reportedly paying Segura $1 million to waive his no-trade clause. Segura has $14.25 million per season owed to him each of the next four seasons while Nicasio is set to make $9 million in 2019. Pazos, who made $553,900 in 2018, is under team control through 2022 and will be arbitration eligible after the 2019 season.

Segura, 28, came to the Mariners in a big trade in November 2016 from Arizona along with Mitch Haniger. He made his second career All-Star team in 2018 and led the Mariners with a .304 batting average and 91 runs scored. He added 10 home runs, 63 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, 29 doubles, three triples, a .755 OPS and just 69 strikeouts in 632 plate appearances.

Nicasio, 32, signed a two-year deal with Seattle as a free agent prior to the 2018 season but struggled, at least partially due to a nagging knee injury that eventually cut his campaign short. He finished the year 1-6 with one save, 19 holds, 6.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 53 strikeouts and five walks over 46 appearances (42 innings).

Pazos, 27, was 4-1 with 19 holds, a 2.88 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 45 strikeouts and 15 walks over 60 appearances (50 innings) in 2018. He spent two seasons with Seattle after coming to the team in a November 2016 trade from the Yankees.

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