Jean Segura posts “Thank You” on Instagram, could indicate his time in Philadelphia has ended
The Philadelphia Phillies have a ton of decisions to make this offseason with their roster. From free agents, player options, club options, and arbitration, there’s a strong chance that key players on their 2022 postseason roster will not be back next season, highlighted by Jean Segura.
To note, Jean Segura currently has a club option with the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2023 season. A club option means the team has the full authority to decide whether or not a players’ option will be exercised. If the Phillies decide to exercise Segura’s club option, it will cost them $17 million.
Jean Segura has a club option for the 2023 season.
Jean Segura signed a 5 year / $70,000,000 contract with the Seattle Mariners, including a $3,000,000 signing bonus, $70,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $14,000,000. In 2023, Segura will earn a base salary of $17,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $17,000,000.
Jean Segura Contract Notes via Spotrac
- 2023 Club Option includes a $1M buyout
- Full No Trade Protection
- Trade Assignment Bonus: $1M (earned in 2019)
Jean Segura Thanks Philadelphia on Instagram
“I would love (to return). I know that’s a tough decision for them, I understand. But I would love to finish my career here. [I’m happier] not just because we got to the postseason, but because of the guys, the city, the staff. I would love to finish here” – via Alex Coffey, Philadelphia Inquirer
Obviously, Jean Segura is a fan favorite here in Philadelphia. However, given the strong shortstop free agent market this offseason and the fact that Bryson Stott has emerged as a foundation piece of the future, it’s likely that the Phillies will let Jean Segura walk this offseason.
The Phillies could target a top name free agent shortstop and slide Stott over to his natural position at second base, leaving Segura the odd man out on the 2023 roster. Yes, it would be tough to part with Segura, but the long term success of the Phillies might demand that he’s moved, rather than paying him $17 million next season.
That is the right move. If I had it my way, here’s how the roster would shakeout next season.