Mariners sign shortstop Jean Segura to five-year contract extension

Mariners sign shortstop Jean Segura to five-year contract extension

Shortstop Jean Segura and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a five-year, $70 million extension, according to multiple reports.

Segura, who has one year of arbitration remaining, will earn $6.2 million in 2017.

The Mariners acquired Segura on November 23, 2016 from Arizona with outfielder Mitch Haniger and reliever Zac Curtis in a trade for pitcher Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte.

Segura was set to become a free-agent following the 2018 season prior to signing the extension. With an outfield in place, they can add certainty to the infield, then turn the attention to the pitching.

"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".




Segura, despite two stints on the disabled list this season, leads the American League in batting, is tied for fifth in multi-hit games (20), seventh in on-base percentage and ninth in hits (62).

Segura, 27, is now on the disabled list because of a high right ankle sprain suffered June 1 on a slide at second base.

Since the start of the 2016 season, Segura ranks fourth in the major leagues in hits (265) and fifth in batting average (.324). Segura spent his first season in the big leagues with the Los Angeles Angels and Milwaukee Brewers in 2012.

At just 27 years old, Segura has a lot of baseball left in front of him, but he is going to need to overcome the injury stigma that has already dogged him during his first season in Seattle. Segura also had 33 stolen bases, 20 home runs, 41 doubles, 64 RBIs, and 102 runs scored with the Diamondbacks. Seattle hasn't had the same shortstop play the majority of games at the position for more than three seasons since Yuniesky Betancourt was the Mariners' primary shortstop for parts of five seasons from 2005-09.

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