The Milwaukee Brewers were considering a bold move with young shortstop Jean Segura this off-season, exploring a multi-year contract extension with him.
We heard reports recently that the two sides had called off those talks, and with Opening Day in the books general manager Doug Melvin confirmed that no extension is happening, at least not for now (quotes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel):
Nothing was going to happen so we decided it didn’t make sense to keep talking. We told Jean to just go out and play. We never close anything off but there’s nothing going on now.”
As Haudricourt notes, the market for pre-arb shortstops was blown open when the Atlanta Braves signed Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million deal this off-season. Segura will surely be one of the pieces around which the Brewers will build in the future, they just won’t make that commitment right now.
Last season Segura batted .294/.329/.423 in 146 games for the Brewers. He will be eligible for arbitration in 2016 and could technically reach free agency in 2019, though the Brewers likely won’t let him get there.