Seattle Mariners ink Jean Segura to $70M extension

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The Mariners have agreed with shortstop Jean Segura on a new five-year contract that brings stability to what has been a position of flux for more than a decade. A report by Jon Morosi at MLB Network confirmed that a five-year deal is now in place that will guarantee Segura receives at least $70 million over the next five seasons. At the time of his most recent injury, Segura was tied for the American League lead in batting average at.341, part of a terrific 2017 slash of.341/.391/.462.

After years of searching for a productive shortstop since the departure of Alex Rodriguez, the Mariners have found one in Jean Segura and they are working to keep him. There is also an option worth $17 million for the 2023 Major League Baseball season built into the deal.

Segura is making $6.2 million this season and on track to reach free agency after the 2018 season.

Jerry Dipoto acquired Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger, and pitcher Zac Curtis in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks this past offseason.

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"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".

He suffered a hamstring injury in April and is now on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a high ankle sprain last Friday. He led baseball last season with 203 hits. In his first stint on the DL, he suffered a hamstring injury in April and missed 12 games. The 27-year-old hit.319 with 20 home runs and 64 RBIs for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Segura showed promise during his rookie season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013, hitting.294/.329/.423.

Seattle is looking to lock up Segura to be their leadoff hitter and shortstop beyond next season. Robinson Cano is signed through 2023; Kyle Seager through 2021 with a club option for 2022; and Felix Hernandez is signed through 2019.