8) MLB free agent Phillies second baseman Jean Segura
Phillies second baseman Jean Segura falls into the category of possible free agent. There is an expensive team option for him next year. Given the fact that the Phillies might serve themselves better to go in a different direction at second base, he’s worthy of this list. Even if they do end up keeping things the same at second base, Segura has been too productive to ignore.
Segura wouldn’t be an option for Mets fans to seek out but would definitely have destinations where he can fill in as a starting second baseman or even more of a utility man. He has experience all over the infield. On the Phillies, he finally found a home at second base because of the way the rest of the roster looks.
Philadelphia’s wisest move would be to sign Trea Turner and move youngster Bryson Stott to second base. This would make the Segura contract an easier decision. Rather than pay him $17 million for one final season, the Phillies can take advantage of yet another hot-and-heavy offseason featuring star shortstops.
A lighter-hitting infielder who still has decent speed and can hit for average, Segura probably is best remaining at second base with some club. It’s an interesting position because many second basemen are, after all, ex-shortstops. Someone like the Chicago White Sox might make a lot of sense for him. They’ve had second base problems for a couple of years. On a shorter deal, Segura could give them someone a little more reliable.