Report says Brewers made long-term offer to Segura

How confident were Brewers officials that Jean Segura could handle his first full season in the Major Leagues? They reportedly have already offered him a longer contract.

Agent Joe Klein told that the Brewers made their offer about a month ago, mere weeks after 23-year-old Segura made his first Opening Day roster. The report did not include details about the nature of the team’s proposal, and Klein indicated that talks have not progressed since then. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin declined to comment for the story.

“Right now, I guess it’s in my court,” Klein told the website. “But with a guy this young, it’s hard to figure out what the right numbers would be. It would be good, be nice if it was possible to do. But I don’t know. It’s way, way on the drawing board.”

Segura’s price has only gone up since that offer was made. He entered Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh leading the National League batting average (.368), hits (50), multi-hit games (17) and stolen bases (13). He is earning $492,000 this season, just north of the league minimum salary, and entered the year with only 65 days of MLB service. That means he will continue to draw a salary near the league minimum through the end of the 2015 season, then be arbitration-eligible but still under Brewers control from 2016-18 before reaching free agency.

The Brewers acquired Segura from the Angels at last year’s nonwaiver Trade Deadline, along with two Minor League pitchers, for right-hander and free-agent-to-be Zack Greinke.


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