Seager is leading a class of deep free agents this winter. At 27, he is slightly older than Carlos Corree and younger than the other options in the position (Javier Báez, Trevor Story and Marcus Semien). He has a rookie of the year award, two selections of all-star matches, two silver players, MVP of the national league series and MVP of the world series on his resume. He will get paid.
Seager’s value comes from his bat. When healthy, it is one of the most dangerous blows in the big ones. However, he was plagued by injuries. A broken arm, followed by a tendon injury during rehab, has limited him to 95 games this season. A strained left tendon brought him to the injured list for almost a month in 2019. In 2018, he only played in 26 games before undergoing Tommy John’s surgery.
Then here is his future in defense. The consensus is that Seager will not stay long in the short term. This season, his reach and balls in the backhand game have suffered. A move to third base seems inevitable. That won’t stop his agent Scott Boras from looking for a $ 300 million deal.
The Dodgers offered Seager a contract extension earlier this year, say people familiar with the situation. We would be happy to return. If he signs again, the Dodgers could move him to third base or keep him for a short time and replace him Trea Turner. The Dodgers bought Turner along with Scherzer to play second base in 2021 and move to the place in 2022 if Seager left. Keeping Seager would open up options.
Another possible factor in his market: his older brother Kyle, a third player, will be a free agent after 11 seasons with the Seattle Mariners.
Potential suitors: Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers, Cardinals, Nationals, Braves.