For the Dodgers, there will be several tough decisions to be made this offseason. The team has 12 free agents out on the open market, including five of the top-40 free agents as listed by multiple outlets.
Almost certainly the biggest name out of those 12 is shortstop Corey Seager. Much has already been written about Seager’s future this offseason. Where could he end up? Which teams will actually be in play? Will he remain at shortstop or will a team sign him with the ask that he move to third base?
That was a point of topic this past week at the annual GM meetings. Corey’s agent, Scott Boras, addressed the potential position change talk concisely.
“I think teams view Corey Seager as a big-play shortstop in big games. Teams are coming after Corey Seager as a shortstop.”
For the Dodgers, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman mostly echoed that same sentiment. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register was among those to report.
“I imagine that he does (see himself as a shortstop) and would (want to continue there). He’s worked really hard at it. I think he identifies himself as a shortstop. My guess is that’s his mindset.”
Beyond that, Friedman also opened the door to a world without Corey Seager in LA. Something he started setting up at the trade deadline last season.
“Obviously we have Trea (Turner), who is deserving of playing shortstop, is a really good major-league shortstop. Corey is a really good major-league shortstop. There’s just a lot to work through there. Fortunately, we have the benefit of time.
Perhaps not as much time as Andrew would like. A report surfaced on Thursday that Seager is more likely to look at signing a new deal before the upcoming ugliness of the collective bargaining agreement ensues after December 1st. But that, as most reports should be at this time of the year, should be taken with a grain of salt.
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