All-Dipoto Acquisition Team, Mariners Edition: Infield

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29: Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners takes a swing during an at-bat in a game against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on September 29, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29: Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners takes a swing during an at-bat in a game against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on September 29, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Third Base: Jean Segura

SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 29: Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners takes a swing during an at-bat in a game against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on September 29, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 29: Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners takes a swing during an at-bat in a game against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on September 29, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 4-1. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

So let’s address the elephant in the room. No, Jean Segura never played third base for the Mariners. Trust us, we are well aware. But with the lack of options at third base and a plethora of options up the middle, the best way to crowd our lineup with as many good players as possible to move somebody off their natural position to third base. And since we felt Segura would make the best third baseman, he was our lucky guy.

Now we also know that Segura didn’t leave Seattle under the best of terms. The now infamous locker room throwdown with Dee Gordon has been well documented and the fact that Segura has now played in 5 organizations in his 9-year career is a bit of a red flag considering his obvious talents.

But when he was on the field, Segura was incredibly productive for Seattle, so he makes the team. He was an average defensive shortstop with a strong arm, so we do feel like he would be at least average at third base and his bat plays anywhere in the Top 3 of our lineup.

Speaking of the bat, Segura hit .302/.345/.421 in 269 games with the Mariners, stole 42 bases, posted a 6.7 bWAR, and made an All-Star team in his two seasons, which more than warrants his inclusion on our list.

It really is a shame Segura more or less shot his way out of town. He had the potential to be the second-best shortstop in franchise history, trailing only Alex Rodriguez. But thanks to our lack of options at third base, he still finds his way onto our team. And truth be told, even if we had stuck to strict positional eligibility, Segura would have been our shortstop. He was that good.

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