The Mariners-Phillies trade is finally official:
The Mariners will send shortstop Jean Segura and relievers Juan Nicasio and James Pazos to the Phillies for first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford.
As with so many trades, the money and contracts must be considered. Segura is signed for four more seasons at $59.4 million (there is a $17 million team option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout). Santana has two years remaining at $41.1 million, plus a $500,000 buyout or $17.5 million team option for 2021. Nicasio will make $9.25 million in 2019 while Pazos and Crawford and not arbitration-eligible.
So the Phillies add about $28 million in long-term commitments, but get a proven quality shortstop, two potentially useful relievers and can now move Rhys Hoskins back to first base after his adventures in left field in 2018. The Mariners get rid of another long-term contract and bet on Crawford to replace Segura while improving their long-term payroll flexibility.
My two immediate reactions to the deal:
(1) In no way should this affect the Phillies’ pursuit of Manny Machado.
(2) The trade wasn’t just about subtracting Santana, but a sign the Phillies didn’t believe Crawford is the long-term answer at shortstop.