The offseason may be young, but I’m sure we’re all itching to see the first domino to fall, especially when it comes to one of the Dodgers’ free agents. It’s been a hot topic among fans about who should be Los Angeles’ top priority, Chris Taylor or Corey Seager.
Many fans mentioned that Chris Taylor should be the guy the Dodgers target the heaviest. A Dodger Insider also labeled Taylor as the guy to re-sign not too long ago. However, MLB Analyst and columnist for The Athletic Jim Bowden begs to differ. He believes that Seager is the more important free agent.
“Seager is the Dodgers’ most important free agent, his prime years are just starting, and they need to re-sign him. He’s delivered in the biggest moments, winning the NLCS and World Series MVP awards in 2020, though he did struggle some during this postseason.”
While he is suspect at times on defense, there’s no denying that Seager is one of the best hitters in the game. Still just 27 years old, he has some bright years ahead of him, if he stays healthy.
Corey Seager was quietly one of the best players in MLB after returning from the IL on 7/30:
? .335 BA (6th)
? .417 OBP (3rd)
? .592 SLG (11th)
? 169 wRC+ (7th)
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) November 5, 2021
That might be the biggest knock against him along with the fact that his agent is Scott Boras. Boras will undoubtedly be seeking a pretty penny for Seager. Of course, we all knew that, but how long of a deal would it take?
“It will probably take close to a 10 or 12-year deal for the Dodgers to keep Seager, and if they plan to make that type of commitment, they should plan to play him at third base for the majority of the contract.”
Anytime you lock up a player for that long, it never ends well towards the end of the deal. Take a look at Albert Pujols who was essentially dead weight for the Angels before showing life with the Dodgers. The risk is even higher for someone like Seager who plays shortstop, yet his future home may very well be at the hot corner.
It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see the organization retain such a high-end talent, but it also wouldn’t be too surprising to see the two sides call it quits either. I guess we’ll have to just sit and wait.