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Report: Brewers offer rising star Jean Segura a long-term deal

May 14, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

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With their shortstop’s price tag likely increasing by the day, the Brewers have pitched Jean Segura and agent Joe Klein a long-term deal that could take the 23-year-old through his arbitration years and into free agency.

Segura, named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday, is batting .368/.412/.588 with six homers and 13 steals in 136 at-bats this season. He leads the NL in average and steals, plus he’s tied for first with three triples. The Brewers acquired him from the Angels last summer in the Zack Greinke deal.

“They contacted me,” Klein told’s Ken Rosenthal. “Right now, I guess it’s in my court. But with a guy this young, it’s hard to figure out what the right numbers would be.

“It would be good, be nice if it was possible to do. But I don’t know. It’s way, way on the drawing board.”

Assuming that he doesn’t spend any more time in the minors, Segura will be eligible for arbitration after the 2015 season and free agency after 2018.

It’s rare for players with so little service time to sign long-term deals. Fellow shortstops Troy Tulowitzki, Starlin Castro and Alcides Escobar all had over a year in when they got their long-term deals. The Rays’ Evan Longoria signed a few days after reaching the majors, and he was a huge bargain on a six-year, $17.5 million contract that included options for his first three seasons of free agency. Royals catcher Salvador Perez agreed to an astonishingly low five-year, $7 million deal after 39 big-league games. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, of course, just signed a seven-year, $41 million contract while possessing a bit more than a year of service time.

A reasonable deal for Segura would be worth about $25 million through his arbitration years. Any free agent years after that would probably cost at least $10 million apiece. Rizzo gave up his first year of free agency for $11 million.

  1. kollin7 - May 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Brewers need to lock him up on a bargain. Kid is going to be a flat-out superstar. His offensive stats right now are more than fantastic, but this post didn’t even mention his defense. He makes a play almost once a night that makes you say, “Wow.”

  2. thebadguyswon - May 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    This is the budding star no one is talking about. Man is this kid a player.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - May 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Greinke trade: Brewers 1 Angels 0

    • thebadguyswon - May 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM


    • biasedhomer - May 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Royals 3

      Escobar is one of the best defensive shortstops, and he is developing some offense, Cain is looking like a starting CFer, and Odorizzi was used to net Shields.

      • kollin7 - May 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        True, but would the Brewers have won the division in 2011 without Greinke?

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 14, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Exactly. Brewers division championship and NLCS appearance. Advantage Brewers

      • brewcrewchamps - May 14, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Although I really liked Cain, Brewers pulled out with a W on that trade.

        Now about the Marcum for Lawrie? It’s a toss up on that one

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 15, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        I liked Cain as well but our outfield for the foreseeable future is prett good with Braun and Gomez as far as Aoki goes we’ll see if they resign him. The only loss in the Brewers-Royals trade was Odorizzi but at that point in hos career novody knew what they were goingto get once he got to the majors, mich like most trades. As far as the Marcum-Lawrie deal, again the Brewers made it to tje playoffs and the Jays haven’t done anything yet. And as talented as Lawrie is the Brewers gpt rid of him because of his attitude and not his talent so To me is still advantage Brewers.

      • kollin7 - May 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        They own the rights to Aoki for 6 years I believe, so there’s not really any reason they wouldn’t resign him as long as he’s playing well.

  4. tomlotter1948 - May 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Segura is an exciting player to watch…the opposite of Ricky Weeks…an overpaid prima Donna whom the Brewers go with year after year…..

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Obviously Rickie hasn’t lived up to expectations but what makes him a prima donna?

    • brewcitybummer - May 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      What a lazy F-ing post hoc narrative. His skills haven’t regressed because he’s a bad person. His skills have regressed because that’s a thing that happens in baseball. If you’re going to bring lazy NFL fan culture to baseball at least do it over as ESPN.

  5. randygnyc - May 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Did the cubs sign Castro to a long deal? Or was it Soler? How much was that deal for?

    • tuberippin - May 15, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Both are signed to long-term deals. Jorge Soler is 9yrs/$30mil (through 2020); Starlin Castro is 7yrs/$60mil through 2019, with a 2020 team option at $16mil or a $1mil buyout.

  6. barkleyblows - May 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM


  7. barkleyblows - May 14, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    It will be another over paid player by the Milwaukee Losers.

    • kollin7 - May 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM


      • paperlions - May 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        He said, “I’m an idiot.”

  8. tomlotter1948 - May 14, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    A prima Donna gets paid 11 million for doing nothing

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      No that’s not even close to the definition.

    • tuberippin - May 15, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      Not much wisdom from a man born in 1948.

  9. tomlotter1948 - May 14, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    A prima Donna gets paid 11 million a years for doing nothing

  10. tomlotter1948 - May 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Who cares…why are you defending Weeks…are you jealous of his braids????

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      No but if you want to criticize a guy do it for what he actually does wrong.

  11. shaggylocks - May 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    I just wish there was someone who could tell me how much a prima donna gets paid, and what they have to do for it.

  12. papacrick - May 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Congrats to the Brewers. Nice way to fill the loss of one superstar (Fielder) by finding another young superstar in the making. This kid looks like the real deal although I’m a Tiger fan so I’m not able to watch him on a regular basis. However, the skills are off the charts from what I have seen and the numbers speak for themselves. Shortstops like that rarely become available so the risk is 100 percent worth the risk in my opinion

    • thebadguyswon - May 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      It was. They can build on Braun-Segura for sure.

  13. papacrick - May 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Whoops didn’t mean to double up the risk in that last sentence. Hate that you can’t edit posts on here

  14. jm91rs - May 15, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I watched the Reds trounce the Brewers this weekend, but this kid stood out. He’s the real deal.

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