Mariners, SS Jean Segura agree to 5-year, $70M extension, reports say

Kristopher Nichols
June 8, 2017

Instead, it appears that general manager Jerry Dipoto and the ownership group is ready to pay for talent to remain on the field.

Segura will be in his final year of arbitration eligibility in 2018 and would be a free agent after the season. "His combination of average, power and speed is extremely hard to find, especially as a top-of-the-lineup hitter at a key defensive position like shortstop". One of his most notable deals sent starting pitcher Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte to the Arizona Diamondbacks for shortstop Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and a prospect.

According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, Segura has agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Segura was a National League All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013 and led the NL in hits previous year in his lone season with the D-backs. He is hitting.338 against right-handed pitching this year, tops in the AL, and.350 against left-handers, ninth in the league.

He suffered a hamstring injury in April and is now on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a high ankle sprain last Friday. There is no timetable for his return. He suffered a hamstring injury in April and missed 12 games.

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Since the start of the 2016 season, Segura ranks fourth in the major leagues in hits (265) and fifth in batting average (.324).

"It was feeling really bad the first day", he told the Seattle Times Saturday.

Dipoto originally suggested last week Segura would be out for two months with his high ankle sprain. Segura also had 33 stolen bases, 20 home runs, 41 doubles, 64 RBIs, and 102 runs scored with the Diamondbacks. His on-base percentage of.368 and slugging percentage of.499 gave him an OPS of.867.

Seattle is looking to lock up Segura to be their leadoff hitter and shortstop beyond next season.

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