MIAMI ( Associated Press) – Everything will be new for Gene Segura. He has a new team, he’s wearing a new number, and the Miami Marlins have asked him to play a new position.
The Marlins third baseman, a position he played sporadically in his first 11 major league seasons, donned a Miami jersey for the first time Wednesday in his formal presentation at Team Park. The Dominican agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract with the Marlins after spending the previous four seasons with the defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.
He has played 1,328 matches. He has only made 21 starts at third base all 2020 season with the Phillies. Most of his career has been spent at either shortstop or second base.
Segura said, “I mean I’m fine wherever the team wants.” “I’ve played midfield my whole career. I played a little bit of third base in ’20 and I feel good there. It’s another challenge and I like it. I’m one of those guys who likes action.”
Segura will receive a salary of 6.5 million this year and 8.5 million in 2024 and the agreement includes a team option for 10 million in 2025, including a two million exit clause. He will have a hotel suite when he tours and will donate 1% of his salary to charity.
Segura wore number 2 with the Phillies; In Miami, second baseman Jazz Chisholm is already on his side and he didn’t even consider asking for a trade. He would wear 9 with the Marlins, the number he used early in his career with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Segura hit .277 in 98 games with the Phillies last season, then hit .214 the following season and played in the World Series for the first time.
Segura said, “I waited 11 years for that moment to come, and I only thank God for giving me this chance to come.” “Nothing better than this. Once you taste that flavor, you want to come back every year.”
With a career batting average of .285, Segura is .305 in the Marlins ballpark.