Jean Segura Could Turn Out To Be Arizona's Best Offseason Move

26 year old Jean Segura is set up for a nice rebound season in Arizona Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
26 year old Jean Segura is set up for a nice rebound season in Arizona
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Early on in the offseason, the Arizona Diamonbacks made some big splashes with front-line starting pitchers Zack Greinkie and Shelby Miller. While the headline moves seemed to put Arizona in a position to be much more competitive in 2016, the infield was still a big question that could potentially prevent them from making a deep run. With Aaron Hill, Chris Owings, Phil Gosselin, Jake Lamb, and Nick Ahmed set to compete for the 3B/SS/2B jobs, there were without a doubt a lot of questions to be answered at the time. On January 30th, the Diamondbacks addressed their infield need by trading Aaron Hill, Chase Anderson, Isan Diaz, and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner. This move was viewed by some as a slight upgrade, but it is now gaining the potential to be the move that really pushes Arizona up onto that final plateau in 2016. After Segura's All-star 2013 campaign with the Brew Crew (.294, 44 steals, 12 HR, 20 2B, 49 RBI), they had very high hopes for what he could do in Milwaukee for years to come. However, Segura followed up 2013 with two bad seasons (.246 with 20 steals, 5 HR 14 2B, and 31 RBI in 2014, .257 with 25 steals, 6 HR, 16 2B, and 50 RBI in 2015), and Milwaukee decided to trade him as part of the rebuild they are going through. In Arizona now, Segura has torn the cover off the baseball all Spring long, and he could be in for a huge rebound as the starting shortstop for Arizona. He joins an already good lineup that includes the best first baseman in the game today in Paul Goldschmidt, and underrated players like A.J. Pollock, David Peralta, and Yasmany Tomas. Segura's speed could make a huge impact on the Diamondbacks offense, along with the power he possesses which is likely to result in a lot more extra base hits for him out in Chase Field.