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Corey Seager Done For 2018: What’s Next for the Dodgers?



So it’s now the post-Seager era for the Dodgers in 2018, what are the next options?

 

ICYMI, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will undergo season ending elbow surgery (Tommy John) on his throwing arm. This will put him out for 2018 and likely the early part of the 2019 season. Brook covered it for us here.

 

The first take of many fans (self included) is why wasn’t this handled in the offseason? It has been a problem since the second half of last season, and it has obviously had an effect on his play all around. The team has always kept fairly hush-hush on the severity of the injury, leaving Dodgers’ fans to wonder and fear.

 

All of us on the inside:

 

At any rate, there is still a lot of baseball to be played, and it turns out, there is no pity party given by MLB when you lose one of your best players.

 

Next options up

As Brook mentioned, Chris Taylor almost becomes the de facto shortstop for the rest of the season, with Kiké Hernandez backing him up. Taylor, of course, came up as a glove-first shortstop with the Seattle Mariners in 2014, so he is no stranger to the position. With Hernandez, he has been somewhat outspoken in the past about how his favorite position is shortstop, so there’s the smallest bit of silver lining to take away.

Trickle down effect

Losing Seager is obviously an ginormous void to fill not only on the field, but in the lineup — we’re talking about a two-time Silver Slugger award winner and a consensus top-3 shortstop in the league. Losing Seager also means losing Taylor in centerfield… but does spell opportunity for other players.

Could this be the door opening for Alex Verdugo to get his first real shot? The kid has really proven all he can in Oklahoma City. Time to let the man play.

Until Puig gets healthy and figures out his life, and with Joc Pederson now playing well (for now), an outfield of Pederson/Verdugo/Kemp isn’t all that bad looking on paper. 

 

Other options

Options outside of the system are pretty thin:

JJ Hardy is 35 and still a free agent… but you could argue that he also hasn’t been good since 2013.

Marcus Semien, 27, plays shortstop for an Athletics team that is notorious for trading away good, young talent.

Adeiny Hechavarria, 29, is playing relatively well for a Tampa Bay team that isn’t going anywhere. LA and TB have matched up well on trades before… just saying.

 

Analysis

In all likelihood, what we have is what we’re getting, a Taylor/Hernandez tandem at shortstop, with eventually healthy players like Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe making their way back from the disabled list to solidify the rest of the infield.

So, until next time, Corey, we love you and get well soon.

 

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. This was very predictable. I learned last year about this possibility and screamed for them to do the surgery then. So many teams hope for the miracle with platelet injections and rehab that the UCL will heal, but does it ever? Not in one circumstance i’m aware of. Horribly mismanaged by the organization. Sadly, they getting what they deserve. Time to gear up for 2019

    • I think we have a very selfish manager he only cares about himself and this tells all keeping Seager from getting the proper medical help Tells all We need a new manager

    • What a terribly intelligent response… why are you reading my material here? lol! But I agree 100%. I had always been concerned over how hush hush they kept the injury — or at least the specifics and degree of the injury.

      Given the fact that we’re talking about a shortstop here — a position where almost no two throws are the same — the smart route really should have been taken and Corey undergone the knife days after game 7. It’s conceivable that he could have returned by September…

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