With the Brewers acquiring Jonathan Villar, could they now shop Jean Segura?
On Wednesday, the Brewers announced they acquired SS Jonathan Villar from the Astros in exchanged for right-handed pitching prospect Cy Sneed.
Villar will add to the Brewers depth at shortstop along with Jean Segura.
But could the Brewers end up shopping Segura now that they have Villar?
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opines that a trade involving Segura is indeed a possibility.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York said on Tuesday the Mets intend to look for a shortstop through the trade market for a shortstop which could push Wilmer Flores to second base.
This strategy could certainly be a Plan B for the Mets, as the options – including Segura – are not particularly attractive on either the trade or free agent markets. It seems preferable and easier to upgrade at second base, as there are free agents available to fill that void.
They could consider acquiring Segura, who is arbitration eligible for the first time in 2016 and would make considerably less than the figure Ruben Tejada stands to earn through the arbitration process.
He doesn’t have much power but has speed and makes a lot of contact. He’d probably be a good fit for Citi Field and would give the lineup an element of speed they simply don’t have, even when everyone is healthy.
Segura could immediately be installed at shortstop. He is about league average to slightly below at the position, although he commits his share of errors and he showed in his appearances against the Mets he can be very sloppy with his fielding mechanics.
Segura is still young, he’s athletic, and certainly comes with a high upside. But it’s also fair to wonder if Segura is an upgrade or a starting player himself right now. He has hit .267/.300/.364 over the last three years with 78 weighted runs created. Comparatively, Tejada has hit .238/.323/.314 with 83 weighted runs created, a very similar line to Segura.
The point is, Segura isn’t much of an upgrade over what they already have. And certainly, the Mets don’t need another player who is good at a couple of things only. Segura might be a fine and lesser expensive backup to Tejada, but that might be all he is right now.
So if the Mets want to consider trading for a shortstop, they’ll probably find an upgrade elsewhere, such as with Starlin Castro or maybe even new Braves SS Erick Aybar who could be moved again after being acquired for Andrelton Simmons last week.