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Dodgers: Corey Seager Ranked as the Number 2 Shortstop in 2021 Free Agent Class



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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. At least extend Seager this year. With Jansen, Kelly (Dodgers will decline their option after ’21), and Kershaw contracts up, there’s money for Buehler, Belli, and Urias the next year. If they can find a way to rid themselves of the Price albatross contract, even better.

    Kershaw still comes back at 60-70% of current contract. Taylor comes off the books after this year too, and that $7.8 million could go to these four, especially with Busch coming up fast.

    Pollack has a player option in ’22 ($13 mil) and ’23 ($10 mil), so maybe he’s included in a trade later in the year? One ting’s for sure; there’s lots of good talent knocking on the door! Cheap talent…

  2. What about re-signing Joc Peterson, and creating an attractive deal that Colorado would be interested in, that would include Pollock and some minor leaguers that could interest the Rockies, their is no way we give up Seager, unless maybe U can get Lindor, but I don’t see this trade happening, I think it’s more talk then anything else? Arenado made such a mistake signing with the Rockies, because he would of ended up a Dodger? I do think the Rockies want to trade him because they know he’s going to go to another team at the end of 2021, so the Dodgers can take that risk, and wait, but if they are not aggresive I think they lose him to another team? I’m curious to hear from other life long Dodger fans, and their opinions?

  3. Congratulations to The 2020 World Series Champions LA Dodgers!!!
    With that being said: Cory “Beast” Seager (5) is a must for the organization to resign him he earned it and must be rewarded along with Cody “Boom” Bellinger (35) and Walker “Stellar” Buehler (21) They are the main core to this Dynasty Team.
    Edwin Rios (43) has earned the hot corner position and Gavin Lux (9) on second, Max Muncy (13)
    on first. If there is DH in 2021 and 2022 resign Justin “Red Dream” Turner (10) two year contract. Along with Kiké Hernández (14) as a utility player.
    “Let’s Do a Repeat in 2021”

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