Chicago Cubs Rumors: Will the team look to trade with the Seattle Mariners?

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Chicago Cubs: This guy checks all the boxes

A deal that could be equally intriguing while satisfying a potential need could be centered around Mariners shortstop Jean Segura. The 28-year-old made his second All-Star team last season and has hit over .300 in three consecutive years. He has also stolen at least 20 bases in six straight campaigns.

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Segura put together one of his best defensive seasons last year, posting a career-high five DRS at shortstop according to FanGraphs. Segura’s 3.8 WAR was also in the top 10 for all shortstops.

With Addison Russell‘s future still a big unknown, Segura would be a major addition to the club. He could play short or second while giving the Cubs a true leadoff hitter with speed and some power.

Financially, he might also come at a bargain. Segura signed a five-year/$70 million contract with the Mariners in June 2017 and his AAV sits at $14.85 million through 2022, with a team option the following year.

Considering what the Cubs likely would have had to pay to retain Russell down the line as well as what mid-market middle infielders like DJ LeMahieu and Jed Lowrie could go for this offseason, nabbing Segura might be a steal.

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