Heading into the offseason, we’re taking a close look at some of the most prominent free agency eligible players.
Name: Corey seager
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age (on opening day 2022): 27
Statistics 2021: .306 / .394 / .521, 16 HR, 57 RBI
Seager is part of the much-vaunted class of free agent shortstops, an impressive group that includes fellow World Series champions Carlos Correa and Javier BÃ¡ez.
The shortstop was the Dodgers’ best player in their 2020 title race, earning MVP honors in the National League Championship Series and the World Series. He added two more homers in this year’s NLCS against the Braves, giving him 13 career playoff homers – 10 of them in 30 games dating back to the start of the 2020 playoffs.
Where will Seager be in the star shortstop class? Will his injury history scare would-be suitors? Let’s see what this winter could be like for the 27-year-old.
Seager has indicated his willingness to return to the Dodgers, the team that selected him in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Seager has played all seven seasons of his career for Los Angeles, but the Dodgers have signed Trea Turner for 2022. , eliminating the need for a shortstop. With so many other key free agents on the roster – Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Chris Taylor and Kenley Jansen among them – it remains to be seen whether the Dodgers will spend what it takes to keep Seager, who could move up to third base. ‘he returns.
GM Brian Cashman has made it clear that he plans to improve the Yankees’ shortstop situation this winter, putting them in the mix for the big five free agents this offseason for that role. Seager has thrived in a large market and wouldn’t be intimidated by New York City, which the Yankees tend to take into account when evaluating free agents.
The Rangers have money to spend this winter, and many expect them to participate in the auction for a number of free agent shortstops in this year’s market. Seager has a relationship with Rangers manager Chris Woodward, who was the Dodgers third baseman from 2016-18, which could help Texas in their recruiting efforts.
Chicago has committed around $ 40 million in wages in 2022 and 23, and just $ 7 million stranded for 2024, so the idea of ââthe Cubs spending on one or two big free agents this winter seems highly likely. After trading BÃ¡ez last summer, the Cubs will likely test the waters on free agent shortstops, with Seager among the potential targets.
The common perception is that Detroit will make a big game for Correa, who played for manager AJ Hinch for several years in Houston. But if Correa ends up elsewhere, the Tigers will likely make an offer for another shortstop; Seager is widely regarded as the second best player in the group, which should make him attractive to Detroit.
Like many other teams on this list, the Phillies should be among the teams looking to make a splash from the shortstop. The Philadelphia roster lacks playoff experience, so adding a player who recently won a ring – and played a big part in that title race – would be appealing.
TAKE THE SCOUTS
âA perennial All-Star caliber player, Corey is an offensive-minded contributor capable of producing in the middle of the order who also plays a top-notch defensive position. He’s a physical player with a low maintenance swing who doesn’t have wasted movement; it’s short, direct and powerful. He can strike for medium and power while still being patient enough to walk. Defensively he’s a stable defender who may have to leave the shortstop at some point beyond his early years, but the offensive production will be more than enough at third base if that’s where he ends up. finds.
âA long-term investment is not without risk, however, as he has struggled to stay healthy over the past five years, eclipsing only twice the 600-appearance mark in his career, in 2016. and in 2017. Corey is the best free agent available this winter, in my opinion, for a variety of reasons, but at 27, with his talent and overall skills, I think anyone lucky enough to land him will be happy with his return. on investment.
Seager’s injury history might be the only thing stopping him from challenging the shortstop salary records. He only played 95 games in 2021 due to a broken right hand, the second time in the past three full seasons that he has missed a good chunk of time. The introduction of the Universal Designated Hitter would be a boost for Seager, who has dealt with back, elbow and leg issues at various points in his career.
FOR THE LOVE OF COMP
Seager’s numbers throughout his season at 27 are comparable to those of fellow free agent Trevor Story at the same time. Story had hit 30 more homers with just 11 more RBIs, although Seager played 636 games against 603 for the Rockies shortstop. Story enters free agency with a big advantage in terms of numbers, but he starts his 29-year-old season, giving Seager an edge when it comes to youngsters. Both shortstops are expected to find solid markets for their services this winter.