Will it be all in the (Seager) family for the Texas Rangers this off-season?
If New York Post columnist Ken Davidoff’s latest predictions are any indication, the possibility exists that baseball brothers Corey and Kyle Seager could end up becoming Texas Rangers in 2022.
Could the Texas Rangers end up with both Corey Seager and Kyle Seager in free agency this winter?
Davidoff, who claims to have had “background conversations with team officials, agents and other people in the loop”, predicted the destinations of 40 top free agents this winter in a loaded class that should see plenty of movement.
There’s no doubt Corey Seager fits the Texas Rangers like a glove. His connection to manager Chris Woodward from their time in LA is obvious, but beyond that, the younger Seager provides left-handed pop, an elite player at his position (shortstop) and absolutely loves hitting in spacious Globe Life Field.
He doesn’t come without injury risk, of course, but the risk far outweighs the potential reward for the Rangers, who would be receiving a massive upgrade at a position of need by bringing in Seager. Davidoff has Texas doling out a hefty $305 million over 10 years, or roughly $30 million a year. A steep price, but one that will likely have to be paid to secure the services of a top end talent.
The more intriguing prediction from this list was the elder Seager joining forces with his brother. Kyle, of course, knows the Rangers well from his many years as the starting third baseman with the division rival Seattle Mariners.
The 34-year-old smashed 35 home runs in 603 at-bats in 2021, along with a .723 OPS, proving that he can still provide value with the lumber, while also being serviceable at the hot corner.
But with top prospect Josh Jung waiting in the wings as the third baseman of the future in Texas, and looking close to being ready, a Kyle Seager signing would certainly seem to block Jung at first glance. Admittedly, that makes me less keen on a Kyle signing, especially when Jung will be pushing for a starting job in spring training. The pop is still needed in this lineup, though, and Seager would be able to provide it right away.
Davidoff has the Rangers on the hook for three years and $35 million, not an insurmountable figure or lengthy commitment by any means, but still, the Josh Jung situation looms in the back of my head on this one.
There’s no doubt the Texas Rangers should actively pursue Corey Seager, but I’m not so sure I’d want his older brother joining him here as Davidoff predicts. Regardless, free agency has begun and so has the speculation.