Brewers reportedly offered Jean Segura contract extension

Mike McGinnis

A deal between the two sides is not yet close, but the Brewers appear to be eager to lock up their shortstop.

The Brewers reportedly offered shortstop Jean Segura a long term contract extension one month ago. However, no deal is close, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

Segura, 23, has played just 80 major league games his youth and lack of experience are partly what is keeping his agent, Joe Klein, from accepting a deal.

"Right now, I guess it’s in my court. But with a guy this young, it’s hard to figure out what the right numbers would be," said Klein in Rosenthal's article. "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 was the main cog sent to the Brewers when they traded pitcher Zack Greinke to the Angels mid-season in 2012. He played in one major league game prior to the trade, but was kept on the Brewers roster for much of the rest of the season. He held his own at the plate with a .321 OBP but little power.

Segura has broken out in 2013, however, leading the league one month into the season with a .368 batting average, one point ahead of teammate Carlos Gomez. The speedy shortstop also leads the major leagues with 13 stolen bases. More surprisingly, Segura has shown some power potential this season, slugging six home runs already. His career high in homers came in 2010, when he knocked ten balls out of the park in Class-A ball.

The Brewers have been very good at signing their young stars early in their careers. Yovani Gallardo, Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez and, most notably, Ryan Braun have all been locked up that way. Segura is not nearly as far into his career as any of those players were, however.

The last MLB player to sign a contract extension with less than a year of major league experience was Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who last year agreed to a $7 million deal over five years, with three club extensions added on.

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