Not wasting any time this offseason as they sit on an endless supply of money to spend during the Hot Stove season, the Philadelphia Phillies will announce sometime on Monday that they have acquired All-Star shortstop Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners along with reliever Anthony Swarzak for a package of shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford, veteran outfielder Carlos Santana, and perhaps another minor leaguer. The biggest name in the deal though is Segura who has quietly been one of the better offensive shortstops in yearly fantasy baseball leagues and comes off a 2018 campaign where he put up the following numbers:
Now going to Philly and their launching pad ballpark, it stands to reason that Segura's numbers that are listed above are just a floor for what he could do in 2019 as he turns just 29 in March. Long one of the better contact hitters in the game, Segura remains a very good power/speed shortstop who also has the knack for hitting .300. Having hit 20 home runs as recently as 2016, Segura could easily reach 15 in his new locale and remain in the 20-25 stolen base range with the good average. So in the end, Segura will remain a locked-in prime shortstop for 2019 fantasy baseball as the trade begins what should be an eventful offseason for his new club.