We’ve talked a lot about how great of a fit Carlos Correa or Trevor Story would be for the Texas Rangers in free agency this winter. And both do make a lot of sense: Correa is a proven winner and clutch performer when it matters most, while Trevor Story hails from the DFW area and grew up watching the Rangers.
But are we underrating Corey Seager‘s potential value to the Texas Rangers while embracing Correa and Story so much? Perhaps so.
Seager, like Correa, is a winner himself. He has a World Championship with the Dodgers in 2020 from their triumph over the Rays at… Globe Life Field, of all places. So he’s more than familiar with Texas’ stomping grounds.
Corey Seager’s familiarity with Globe Life Field and connection with Chris Woodward could lead him to the Texas Rangers this off-season
In fact, he LOVES GLF, as he tore it up with a 1.256 OPS in 20 World Series at-bats and posted a similar 1.230 OPS and five long balls in the 2020 NLCS at Globe Life Field.
Being comfortable with the place you’d be calling home for 81 games certainly has to play into any free agency decision, and Seager only has positive memories of his past experiences of Globe Life Field.
And then there’s the Chris Woodward connection. Prior to becoming Rangers skipper in 2019, Woodward was Seager’s third base coach with the LA Dodgers. It’s notable that this relationship with the Dodger organization also played a role in bringing DJ Peters to the Rangers in 2021 via a waiver claim from LA.
Therefore, could Woody’s ties to the Dodgers also sway Corey Seager to seriously consider Texas in free agency? With the lucrative money the Rangers could offer, that’s definitely possible.
Seager was once again excellent in 2021, with a .915 OPS in 353 at-bats for the Dodgers in the regular season. But LA traded for his potential replacement this past summer in Trea Turner, so it seems highly skeptical the Dodgers would bring back Seager, especially since Turner is a natural shortstop.
With the Rangers, he would easily become the starting shortstop, likely pushing IKF to second base while touted prospect Josh Jung would man the hot corner, presumably. How’s that for a left side of the infield?
It’s also feasible for Texas to bring in Clayton Kershaw, also set to hit free agency from the Dodgers, to pair with Corey Seager. Kershaw has expressed a desire to return home to Texas, and specifically the DFW-area where he’s from. Talk about a dynamic 1-2 punch of Corey Seager and Clayton Kershaw. That would be ideal.
But one thing at a time. We should be talking more about Corey Seager’s chances of becoming a Texas Ranger this off-season because his profile fits the team just as well, if not even better than those of Trevor Story and Carlos Correa.