The Miami Marlins have been searching for players that can upgrade their offense for the past couple of years. That quest continued into this offseason with the Marlins hoping to add enough pieces to complement their excellent pitching staff.
On Wednesday night, the Marlins were able to bring one player on board. According to Hector Gomez, the Marlins have signed Jean Segura to a two year deal worth $17 million to take over at short.
Jean Segura provides Miami Marlins with another competent bat
The idea of Segura as a shortstop is a bit surprising. He has primarily been a second baseman since 2020, spending a total of six games at short over the past three years. However, following Jazz Chisholm’s breakout campaign, Segura could be moving back to his original position.
He had a typically solid showing in 2022. Segura posted a .277/.336/.387 batting line with ten homers and nine doubles in his 387 plate appearances while stealing 13 bases. A fractured finger during a bunt attempt at the end of May cost him nearly two months, but he has typically been healthy throughout his career prior to that fluke injury.
This signing also marks the end of Miguel Rojas’ run as the Marlins’ primary shortstop. He has been a valued part of the organization, serving as their unofficial captain, but does not provide the same amount of upside with the bat. It is possible that Rojas could remain in the starting lineup if Joey Wendle is traded, opening a spot at third, but he appears to be headed to a utility role.
While Segura is an upgrade, it is not going to be enough for the Marlins. They ranked toward the bottom of the National League in virtually every offensive category last season and one solid piece will not change that. It is a step in the right direction, but the Marlins need more, and they need their disappointing players to step up as well.
The Miami Marlins have found one upgrade in the lineup. Infielder Jean Segura is reportedly heading to Miami on a two year contract.