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Report: Mariners agree to trade Jean Segura to Phillies for J.P Crawford

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Update: Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the two clubs have agreed in principle to a trade involving Segura and Crawford, and other as yet unknown players. An official announcement will be made on Monday.

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that, once the Mariners’ trade with the Mets becomes official, another trade is already in the works. The Mariners and Phillies are reportedly in “serious talks” pertaining to All-Star shortstop Jean Segura. Segura has full no-trade protection, so he would need to waive that in order for a deal to be possible. As Ashley noted on Saturday, the Mariners have interest in shortstop J.P. Crawford, who would presumably be included in such a trade.

Segura, 28, has been one of the league’s better shortstops over the last three seasons. In 2018, he hit .304/.341/.415 with 10 home runs, 63 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 632 plate appearances. He is also an above-average defender according to many metrics.

Segura would certainly be an upgrade for the Phillies. This past season, the club got a meager .651 OPS out of its shortstops — mainly Scott Kingery. The only teams that got less offense out of that position were the Marlins (.645) and Brewers (.610).

Segura is under contract through 2022 at $14.25 million per year. His controlling team also has a $17 million club option for the 2023 season with a $1 million buyout. The Phillies, who very loudly have lots of money to spend, would have no problem absorbing that contract. Additionally, adding Segura wouldn’t necessarily preclude the Phillies from also signing free agent 3B/SS Manny Machado.

It comes as no surprise that Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto already has another trade lined up. The Mariners have already traded Mike Zunino, Alex Colomé, and James Paxton and have the pending trade with the Mets involving Robinson Canó and Edwin Díaz. Once that trade becomes official and the Segura trade comes to fruition, the Mariners may attempt to move Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager next.

Padres sign Aaron Loup to a one-year deal

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Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.

Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.