The Brewers plan to have an internal discussion this weekend about whether to open discussions with shortstop Jean Segura about a possible extension, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
General manager Doug Melvin plans to talk with owner Mark Attanasio, who is in Arizona with the club dealing with business affairs this weekend, per Haudricourt. One of the items on the agenda is whether the Brewers feel it makes sense to negotiate a long-term deal with Segura, who remains under team control for five more seasons and isn't even eligible for salary arbitration until 2016. The team previously discussed an extension with Segura before last season, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement. Milwaukee planned all along to revisit the topic this spring, as MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo wrote in February.
Segura, who turns 24 on March 17, hit .294/.329/.423 in 2013, his first full season in the majors. The Dominican Republic native also performed well defensively, finishing the season at seven runs above average, according to Baseball-Reference. The solid numbers in both facets made Segura a 3.9 rWAR player, which ranked fifth among all MLB shortstops.
Over the past few years, several shortstops have received contract extensions while in situations similar to that of Segura. Troy Tulowitzki signed a six-year, $31 million extension with the Rockies after the completion of his rookie season in 2007 before eventually signing a deal in excess of $150 million. Elvis Andrus received a three-year, $14.4 million contract from the Rangers after his third full season before signing through 2022 at roughly $15 million per season. More recently, the Braves and Andrelton Simmons agreed to a seven-year, $58 million extension after his Gold Glove-winning 2013 campaign.
Segura is in the upper tier of that trio offensively but is closer to Andrus than he is to Simmons and Tulowitzki on defense. Still, it's likely his side will at least mention what Simmons received but will probably realistically land something closer to what Tulowitzki reeled in six years ago. And that number would likely represent a bargain for the Brewers, who will enjoy plus production from the position for years to come assuming Segura remains healthy.