Reason 5: There’s likely to be more at stake
Everyone, including Corey Seager, understood where the Rangers were as a team last year. After five straight losing seasons, including a season in 2021 where they lost 100 games for the first time since 1973, the team was simply looking for signs of improvement. However, the narrative is different for the 2023 season.
GM Chris Young has categorized team owner Ray Davis as “frustrated” and has gone on the record saying the Rangers intend to contend in 2023. Obviously, they will need to spend money on pitching (and perhaps add an outfield bat) if they truly want to play meaningful games down the stretch. However, it’s easy to see how a guy like Seager who played in two World Series and five Championship Series during his time with the Dodgers would be energized by a chase for a pennant.