Rangers, C. Seager reach 10-yr. deal (source)

November 29th, 2021

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Nov. 29: Rangers agree to 10-year deal with Corey Seager (source)
A day after reportedly agreeing to a deal with free-agent infielder Marcus Semien, the Rangers made another huge splash, agreeing with Seager on a 10-year deal worth $325 million, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. More >

Nov. 29: Rangers making big push for Corey Seager (report)
After reportedly reaching deals with free agents Marcus Semien, Jon Gray and Kole Calhoun, the Rangers are making a big push for shortstop Corey Seager, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

The Dodgers are hoping to re-sign Seager, and it's possible Los Angeles will ramp up its efforts to bring back its longtime shortstop after losing Max Scherzer to the Mets on Monday. But as Heyman notes, the team has a great insurance policy in Trea Turner, who could slide from second to shortstop if Seager departs.

MLB Network insider Joel Sherman initially reported Sunday that a Seager-Semien pairing was "in play" for the Rangers. The team has been in talks with Seager as well as Texas native Trevor Story, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Nov. 23: Dodgers unlikely to sign another top SS if Seager departs (report)
This year’s free-agent class is headlined by a star-studded crop of shortstops, with Carlos Correa, Marcus Semien, Trevor Story and Javier Báez joining Seager on the open market.

But while the Dodgers are interested in bringing back Seager, the club is not expected to pursue one of the other top shortstops should the 27-year-old depart, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

The Dodgers have a strong insurance policy at the position in Trea Turner, who came to Los Angeles from Washington with Max Scherzer prior to the 2021 Trade Deadline.

Turner moved over to second base after joining the Dodgers, but he’s played 542 games at shortstop in his career. 

Turner is eligible for free agency a year from now, so if the Dodgers don’t re-sign Seager, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them try to work out an extension with Turner. Los Angeles could also look to re-sign free-agent utility man Chris Taylor, who logged 23 or more games at four positions (CF, 2B, LF, SS) in 2021.

Nov. 21: Yanks unlikely to pursue elite SS?
The Yankees were thought to be a fit for one of the top free-agent shortstops this offseason, with Seager widely viewed as their preferred target, but MLB Network insider Joel Sherman reports that New York is not actively pursuing an elite shortstop.

“Executives and player representatives who have dealt with the Yankees so far in free agency sense that they are monitoring the elite shortstop group rather than participating in it, waiting to see if a market collapses, in which case they might still swoop in to try to sign one,” writes Sherman in an article for the New York Post. More >

Nov. 16: Will Yankees and Dodgers get into bidding war for Seager?
The Yankees and Dodgers are two of the biggest spenders in Major League Baseball, but it isn’t every year that the powerhouse clubs zero in on the same marquee free agent.

It could happen this offseason, with both in the mix for Seager. As MLB Network insider Jon Heyman notes, having New York and Los Angeles bidding for your services is a dream scenario for any free agent.

The Yankees and Dodgers do have some leverage in negotiations with Seager, starting with the other shortstop options on the free-agent market. There are some attractive alternatives to Seager, including Carlos Correa, Marcus Semien, Javier Báez and Trevor Story.

L.A. also has the option of moving Trea Turner back to shortstop, his position with the Nationals before joining the Dodgers in a trade this past July, if Seager’s asking price gets too expensive.

But while they may have alternatives, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Dodgers go all out to re-sign Seager, a player they drafted and developed into a superstar. The Yankees could do the same, with Seager's left-handed swing and low strikeout rate seemingly making him a much better fit for the club than the other free-agent shortstops.

If the Yanks and Dodgers both decide Seager is the guy, it could push his contract value toward, and perhaps even over, $300 million.

Nov. 12: Seager, Semien expected to sign before December?
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on Dec. 1, and if no agreement is reached between the owners and the MLB Players Association by that time, all transactions will be halted until a new deal is in place.

Knowing this is a possibility, some free agents could look to accelerate the process of choosing their next team. Seager and Marcus Semien, both clients of agent Scott Boras, are among the players said to be in this group.

According to Jeff Passan in an article for ESPN+ (subscription required), some executives interested in Seager and Semien get the sense the two are increasingly likely to sign contracts before December, though they also wondered whether this stance was just a negotiating ploy to draw out big spenders such as the Yankees.

Seager and Semien are part of a star-studded crop of free-agent shortstops along with Carlos Correa, Javier Báez and Trevor Story. With so many options available, some teams may prefer to wait out the market instead of overpaying for one of them.

Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the belief within the industry is that the Yankees prefer Seager. Passan hears the team has interest in Semien as well, while MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Bronx Bombers have been in contact with all five players.

Nov. 10: Rangers have met with Boras
According to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, Rangers officials have met with agent Scott Boras, who represents many of this offseason’s top free agents, including Seager.

Texas is expected to be a big player on the free-agent market this offseason, and shortstop is an area the team is likely to address, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal wrote for The Athletic (subscription required) on Monday.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand on Tuesday mentioned the Rangers as one of the likeliest suitors for Seager, pointing to the shortstop’s relationship with Texas manager Chris Woodward -- the Dodgers’ third-base coach from 2016-18 -- as a factor that could help in the team’s recruitment efforts. Seager also has a connection to the Rangers' new hitting coach, Tim Hyers, who was hired Wednesday. Hyers was the Dodgers’ assistant hitting coach in 2016-17, and Seager won a Silver Slugger Award and earned an All-Star selection both years.

Nov. 10: Yankees in conversation with Seager's agent (report)
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made it clear when he spoke to reporters Tuesday that addressing the shortstop position is a top priority this offseason, and it appears the team isn’t wasting any time.

According to a report from The Athletic’s Jim Bowden, the Yankees are already having conversations with Seager's agent, Scott Boras. More >

Oct. 25: Seager ‘absolutely’ would be open to L.A. return
The pain of losing Game 6 of the National League Championship Series and seeing the Dodgers’ season come to an end was still fresh in Seager’s mind Saturday night, but he was quick to answer if he would be open to a return to Los Angeles via his upcoming free agency.

"Yeah, absolutely,” said Seager. “I grew up here. I spent a lot of time here. I believe in what these guys do. I believe in how we go about it. Absolutely.”

The Dodgers are the only organization Seager has known as a professional, but he should have plenty of teams to choose from as potentially the top free agent position player this winter. He acknowledged that it felt weird to enter the offseason not knowing for sure that he would be wearing a Dodgers cap on Opening Day next year.

“You’re saying goodbyes without really knowing,” said Seager. “You do the normal stuff, wish everyone a happy offseason, remember how it feels, prepare for next year, but then you’re uncertain about where you’ll be.”

Seager has the regular-season (.306/.381/.545, 31 homers since the start of 2020) and postseason ('20 NLCS and World Series MVP Awards) bonafides entering his free agency. The Dodgers already have a star that could slide over to shortstop in Trea Turner if Seager departs, although L.A. fans certainly would be thrilled to have both on the roster for 2022.