Joe Klein, Jean Segura’s agent, turned down a contract extension from the Milwaukee Brewers at the beginning of the 2013 season for good reason. The shortstop had very limited MLB action under his belt, which made it impossible for Klein to say how valuable his client is. However, after a very productive year in which Segura has posted 600 plate appearances as of Sept. 13, both parties must go back to negotiations for a contract extension.
The Brewers are certainly not going to break the bank for a 23-year-old player that only has one full season of Major League service. With that being said, they would like to offer Segura a reasonable contract that will entice him to stay in Milwaukee for the next five years. After Rickie Weeks’ contract blew up in the organization’s face, it is safe to say that the Brewers are cautious. However, Segura appears to be a far talented player, which is certainly comforting.
Segura is currently batting .300 with 12 home runs, 46 RBI and 19 doubles. He also ranks first in the National League in stolen bases (42) and third in hits (170) and triples (9). If he finishes the season with a .300 batting average or higher, he will only be the second shortstop in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
Obviously, Segura’s fantastic numbers are a big reason why he should want to sign a multi-million dollar contract extension, especially since he is practically making the league minimum for the 2013 season.
“God give me the opportunity to be professional baseball player and you know, this tough decision to make, but I just wanted to be successful to help my family be good. You know?” Segura said back in May, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And I think this is the only way that I can help them, quickly, you know?”
At this point, an extension is a no-brainer for both sides. It is obvious that Segura is going to be a special player for years to come, while the Dominican Republic native would like to be financially secure until he is a free agent in 2018. I personally believe giving him $20 million over five years is a number that both parties can live with. It could potentially be an incredible deal in the long run for the Brewers if Segura continues to improve at the plate.