As I stated in my Top 3 Free Agents article just over two weeks ago, the Texas Rangers have several options that could solidify the infield. One of the top options to fill that void through free agency is for the Rangers to sign Los Angeles Dodgers SS Corey Seager.
Here is a deep dive into Corey Seager, the player.
- Age: 27
- Drafted by Los Angeles Dodgers, 2012, Round 1, #18 Overall
- MLB Years Active : 7
- GP: 636
- AB: 2419
- R: 394
- H: 718
- 2B: 164
- 3B: 12
- HR: 104
- RBI: 364
- SB: 12
- AVG: .297
- OBP: .367
Why is Corey Seager available to the Texas Rangers?
Prior to making his MLB debut with the Dodgers, Seager played parts of four seasons in the Dodgers minor leagues. Since the age of 22, Seager has been a regular in the Dodgers infield. In his final year of arbitration eligibility, Seager signed a one-year $13.75M contract. Seager declined a qualifying offer from the Dodgers making him a free agent. If Seager signs with Texas, the cost will be draft pick compensation.
Do the Dodgers want Seager back?
The Dodgers want to bring Corey Seager back and either keep him at SS or possibly move him to 3B. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, The New York Yankees are also in the mix. MLB’s Jon Morosi also indicates that the Texas Rangers have had preliminary discussions with Seager’s agent Scott Boras.
Why would the Texas Rangers want Corey Seager?
Corey Seager has won numerous awards that indicates that he would be a tremendous addition to the Texas lineup. In 2016, Seager was the NL Rookie of the year. He has also been elected to play in two All-star games. In 2020, Seager was the NLCS and World Series MVP when the Dodgers won the World Series. Seager is a left-handed hitting infielder with power. He could help offset the predominantly right-handed hitting Rangers lineup and play SS.
What would it take to sign him?
The Rangers will need to sign Seager prior to the CBA running out on December 1. My colleague Chris Bachman, believes that it will take a package of 10 years/$302M to sign the free agent. I believe that it will take at least 8 years/$240M in order for the Rangers to lure him away from Los Angeles.
What is the likelihood of the Texas Rangers landing Corey Seager?
Similar to many of the top names on the market, Seager is also a client of Scott Boras and there is no doubt that Boras has talked to the Rangers about him. With Seager also having a strong relationship with Rangers manager Chris Woodward, Texas needs to act fast in order to secure a franchise type SS for their infield.