The Seattle Mariners have signed SS Jean Segura to a five year, $70 million extension that includes a $17 million club option for 2023.
Segura, 27, is on the DL currently (high ankle sprain), but leads the AL in batting average with a .341 average, with four homers, 20 RBIs and seven steals (unfortunately, he leads the league in caught steals also with 6) in 198 Plate Appearances.
He has a career batting average of .284 with 47 homers, 228 RBIs and 136 steals in 2822 Plate Appearances for the Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels. The Brewers acquired him in 2012 as a part of a big trade including RHP Zack Greinke, who went to LA. The Mariners acquired him in a trade this offseason for RHP Taijuan Walker and others.
\”Over the past two seasons, Jean has been one of the premier offensive players in baseball. His combination of average, power and speed is extremely difficult to find, especially as a top-of-the-lineup hitter at a key defensive position like shortstop,\” Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto told the Sporting News. \”We are all quite excited about having him here with the Mariners and believe he is a key ingredient in our ongoing effort to build a championship level roster.\”