Jean Segura is diamond(back) in the rough…
The 25-year-old Dominican professional baseball shortstop and former National League All-Star was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks in a five-player trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Diamondbacks also acquired right-hander pitcher Tyler Wagner for righty Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill, minor league shortstop Isan Diaz and cash.
Arizona went 79-83 last season then signed free agent ace Zack Greinke and traded for All-Star pitcher Shelby Miller.
“We felt there was a need to do” this deal, he said Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart.
The Diamondbacks ranked second among NL teams in scoring last year. They traded outfielder Ender Inciarte, who hit .303 with 21 steals, to the Atlanta Braves in the Miller deal.
Segura hit .257 with six homers, 50 RBIs and 25 steals last season. He was an All-Star in 2013 with Milwaukee after a big start to his first full season in the majors. He dipped after the break and then slumped the following year.
Segura was one of the players traded from the Los Angeles Angels to Milwaukee for Greinke in 2012.
Stewart said Segura was someone who could hit at the top of the Arizona lineup, depending on how he did.
Segura is a career .266 hitter with 96 steals since making his big league debut in 2012 with the Angels.