6. Jean Segura To Phillies (5.5)
Honestly, I’m not surprised. Mariners fans were furious when this deal was announced. 3 of our rankers had this as the 6th or 7th worst trade, and only one ranker, yours truly, ranked it third. So real quick, why do I like it so much more than the rest of the staff?
Well, part of it is because I believe that Jean Segura was a problem in the clubhouse. His manager certainly didn’t mind if he upset Segura, and the fight between Segura and Dee Gordon appears to have been an argument about Robinson Cano not playing second base.
So you ship him out of town, and bring back the hardest commodity to find in baseball: a young shortstop with legitimate upside. In addition, I still consider this trade to be incomplete. As of right now, I see this trade as Segura, James Pazos, and Juan Nicasio for J.P. Crawford, Edwin Encarnacion, and a Top 100 draft pick. If/when Dipoto trades Encarnacion, it’ll complete the Segura to the Phillies trade.
It is possible our other rankers just didn’t see the trade as incomplete as I did. We did not discuss our ranks prior to this article being posted. I assume this rank probably represents a rather large portion of our viewership, and that is okay.
My initial reaction was much the same as theirs. But I just see this different than most, which is fine. I’m not going to write off J.P. Crawford as a bust just because he struggled in 225 PAs. But these two trades were pretty easily the lowest ranked by our staff. Now, we get into the fun stuff.