The Phillies were known to be interested in Mariners closer Edwin Diaz. However, it appears that Diaz is headed along with second baseman Robinson Cano to the New York Mets. But perhaps there is still a trade yet to be made, even though the Phillies missed out on Diaz. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Phillies remain interested in shortstop Jean Segura:
Interestingly, earlier in the day, someone suggested that the Phillies and Mariners would match up on a Segura trade. Late last night Twitter user Trent Hadler tweeted three deals could be made by the Mariners today:
Colome to the White Sox, Segura to the Phillies, and Cano/Diaz to the Mets all could be announced tomorrow, according to a insider for the Mariners — Trent Hadler (@TrentBooty) November 30, 2018
The trade of Cano and Diaz to the Mariners was widely reported. Wouldn't you know, the Alex Colome trade to the Chicago White Sox happened:
Welcome to Seattle, Omar Narváez!The 26-year-old catcher has been acquired from the White Sox in exchange for Alex Colomé. Read more: https://t.co/l7pNmhj3N6 pic.twitter.com/tKBlwUOl0e — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) November 30, 2018
Could this guy have a trade pegged properly for the Phillies? Heck, the Rosenthal report of interest from the Phillies came after the Tweet. Presumably, an acquisition of Segura would mean that he takes over as the Phillies shortstop, with Scott Kingery perhaps taking over for Cesar Hernandez at second base or returning to a super utility role. Perhaps J.P. Crawford is part of the trade. But it is all just guessing right now.
Segura compiled a 4.3 WAR in 2018 for the Mariners and was a Major League All-Star for the second time in his career. Segura batted .304 with 20 stolen bases and an OPS of .772 for the Mariners. Segura is signed for four more years and will earn $14,250,000 each year, with an option for a fifth year at $17 million.