The Miami Marlins FINALLY signed a free agent. FINALLY! Kim Ng asking for the fans to be "patient" has finally paid off. I know, I know it's not the big splash that we were waiting on, but we finally signed someone and that someone is 2B Jean Segura. As you can see by his position, there's a bit of a question as to where he will play now. Let's look at what signing Jean Segura for 2 years/$17 million does for The Fish...
The Miami Marlins signed Jean Segura for 2 years/$17 million.
Jean Segura had quite a career so far... he played his first full season in 2013 with the Milwaukee Brewers and batted .294/.329/.423 in 146 games and 588 AB. He followed that up in 2014 with a disappointing .246/.289/.326 batting line in 146 games and 513 AB. In 2015, he finished his Milwaukee career with a .257/.381/.336 batting line in 142 games and 560 AB.
2016 was a big year for Segura, as he moved on to the Arizona Diamondbacks and batted .319/.368/.499 in 153 games and 637 AB. That breakout campaign saw him traded to the Seattle Mariners in a blockbuster, that saw him bat .300/.349/.427 in 125 games and 524 AB in 2017, and then .304/.341/.415 in 144 games and 586 AB in 2018. Traded in another big trade to the Philadelphia Phillies, Segura batted .280/.323/.420 in 144 games and 576 AB for them in 2019. In the shortened 2020 season, he batted .266/.347/.422 in 54 games and 192 AB.
In 2021, Jean Segura batted .290/.348/.436 in 131 games and 514 AB. He followed that up with a .277/.336/.387 output in 98 games and 354 AB in 2022. Segura will be 33 next season, and he isn't much of a power hitter to say the least, but he hits for contact and gets on base. That may be exactly what the Miami Marlins need for at least a slight offensive boost. He had a 0.8 dWAR in 2021 and a 0.3 dWAR in 2022.
Where will Segura start for the Miami Marlins? 2B is taken by Jazz Chisholm Jr. and SS is taken by Gold Glove nominated Miguel Rojas. Unless Miggy is getting traded, Segura will either move to 3B or take over 2B, with Jazz moving to CF (you heard it here first!). I think that better contact helps our lineup and hopefully there will still be a big trade to strengthen the lineup further.