Key World Series Contributor Poached by Division Rival

Tyler Maher
The Philadelphia Phillies have lost a key player to their division rival.
The Philadelphia Phillies have lost a key player to their division rival. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Philadelphia Phillies fans will still be seeing a lot of Jean Segura in the near future, but not in a Phillies jersey.

The two-time All-Star agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, leaving Philadelphia after four seasons.

Jean Segura Signing

The Phillies will miss the 32-year-old second baseman, who helped spark the team's surprise run to the World Series in 2022. Segura delivered several key hits along the way, knocking in 7 runs in 17 postseason games last year, but apparently it wasn't enough to convince the front office to pick up his $17 million club option for 2023.

Segura will remain in the NL East after spending four productive seasons with Philadelphia, batting .281/.337/.418 with 43 home runs and 34 stolen bases in 427 games. He'll hope to have that same level of success and bring some veteran leadership to a young Marlins team coming off a 93-loss season.

Segura's departure clears a path for Bryson Stott to man the keystone going forward with Trea Turner taking over at shortstop. Stott, 25, is coming off a solid rookie season in which he batted .234/.295/.358 with 10 home runs and 12 steals in 127 games.

Still, the Phillies will miss Segura's energy and well-rounded play. They can only hope he doesn't have too much success at their expense over the next two years.

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