The Dodgers are in a position where they will have to start to pay off some of their young talent pretty soon. But right now, their number one concern has to be extending shortstop Corey Seager. The 26-year-old middle infielder can hit free agency after the 2021 season unless Los Angels can extend him earlier.
The Athletic recently ranked free agent shortstops that are available this year and will be available after the 2021 season. The Dodgers’ Seager came in at number 2 just behind the Indians’ Francisco Lindor, who will also be a free agent after 2021. More from The Athletic on Seager:
Seager is the best overall hitter of this shortstop group and projects to be a .300 hitter, 35 percent OBP player with 30-home run power and 100-RBI type of power production. He took his game to another level this past postseason as he ended up winning the NLCS and World Series MVP Awards over superstars and former MVP players like Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.
Right now, it’s not really clear if the Dodgers will be able to get Seager to sign an extension before he gets to hit the free-agent market. Given that his agent is Scott Boras, it seems unlikely that they will be able to get an early deal done. It’s not so much that Boras isn’t open to extensions, but he will want to do everything he can to drive up the bidding price.
From an outside viewpoint, it would probably make sense for the Dodgers and Seager to sign a deal as soon as possible. Seager is coming off of his best offensive season in which he took home the World Series MVP and absolutely demolished the ball all year long. He’s also been somewhat injury-prone, which would lead me to believe Boras could take the deal.
Whether or not that actually happens is entirely up to Seager and Boras. There is almost no doubt in my mind that the Dodgers would like to get a deal done now, but we will have to wait and see. A few of the guys that round out The Athletic’s list could also be viable options if Seager were to depart in free agency.
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