Dodgers: Second Base Upgrades the Dodgers Should Target
Jean Segura – Seattle Mariners
The Mariners front office stated in recent days that they were going to look to overhaul their roster as they prepare for a complete rebuild. This means the Mariners will likely be entertaining offers for Jean Segura. The Dodgers should know Segura very well as he was on the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to being traded for Tajuan Walker.
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Segura is going to have a moderate prospect cost since he is under control through the 2022 season with a 17 million dollar option for the 2023 season. Segura will make about 15 million a season which is the going rate for a top quality middle infielder. If the Dodgers are willing to eat all the money that would drive down the prospect cost to acquire Segura.
While Jean was a shortstop with the Mariners, he can also play second base. The upside with acquiring Segura is that he can fill in at shortstop for Corey Seager on his off days. The Dodgers will likely ease Seager in to begin the season with their quality depth. This season Jean Segura hit .304 with ten home runs and twenty stolen bases.
Segura is another second base trade candidate who would give the Dodgers the best leadoff hitter they’ve had in years to go along with plus speed. While Segura has stolen as many as 44 bases, a safe expectation is 20-25 stolen bases a year. Add that to his .287 career average and 10-15 home run potential and the Dodgers would have an enormous upgrade if they acquired Jean Segura.
While the contract may scare away some teams, the Dodgers can easily afford Segura’s contract and it only goes on for four more season which fits the front office’s philosophy of shorter-term deals. After Whit Merrifield, Jean Segura may be the Dodgers’ best second base trade target.