Was Segura's defense really off the charts? Or is he just, good? While everyone else was bad?
I'm not generally someone who puts a lot of stock in locker room chemistry and intangibles and veteran leadership. You could also argue that the Phillies didn't actually lack that. They played hard, were resilient, seemed to enjoy playing with each other (and, yes, for better or worse, did not end up divided over the vaccine). Nevertheless, it just feels like something is lacking in this team's core veteran group. Maybe a free agent will help. But I also think just changing up the mix for its own sake couldn't hurt, and Segura is the best candidate (certainly Hoskins was one too, but his absence proved to be very significant). He also has a long standing rep for not being a great clubhouse guy, and while we haven't seen any serious evidence of that, we haven't not seen it either (the fight with Girardi this past season, the fact that he was out of shape by his own admission before that, the Cutch injury).
It's a Catch-22 really, Segura is very replaceable, 2B is a surplus position, the Phillies have their own surplus of them, however flawed. But all the reasons it is easy to get rid of him are the same reasons his value isn't high.