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Mariners, Jean Segura Agree to $70 Million Contract Extension

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Seattle Mariners’ Jean Segura bats during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Peoria, Ariz. Photo: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

The Seattle Mariners secured another building block for the long term, agreeing to a five-year, $70 million contract with shortstop Jean Segura, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the agreement.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been announced.

Segura, 27, leads the American League in batting at .341 and in 2016 led the National League in hits (203) before the Arizona Diamondbacks traded him to Seattle for a package centered around starter Taijuan Walker.

Segura will receive a full no-trade clause in a deal that marks the culmination of Segura’s rise after he bottomed out with a pair of lackluster seasons with Milwaukee in 2014-15.

Now, the left side of the Mariners’ infield is locked up possibly through 2022, as third baseman Kyle Seager signed a seven-year, $100 million extension in 2014. The Mariners hold a club option on Seager for 2022.

By Bob Nightengale

This article was republished with permission from the original publisher, USA Today. Follow Bob Nightengale on Twitter and Facebook

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