The Dodgers have several premier free agents hitting the open market this winter but the crown jewel of the bunch is undoubtedly Corey Seager. The 27-year-old shortstop has been one of the top left-handed hitters in baseball since his debut in 2015. And now he gets to have his say on where he spends the next ~5-7 years of his career.
By all accounts, he made sure it would be that way.
According to a report by Jorge Castillo of the LA Times, the Dodgers actually approached Seager with a contract extension offer this year. He turned it down.
The Dodgers offered Seager a contract extension earlier this year, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
After LA’s NLCS defeat by the Braves, the shortstop spoke warmly of his time with the Dodgers, offering that he would enjoy a return in 2022. However, the emotion of the moment perhaps made him speak somewhat out of character. Several insiders, experts, pundits — whatever you want to call them — have all but written Seager out of Los Angeles.
Everyone knows the other big player in the Seager sweepstakes. For some time now, the New York Yankees have been linked to the North Carolina native. It’s known that he grew up a Yankee fan and a Derek Jeter fan, so understandably filling the position of your childhood idol and a Hall of Famer would have its allure for anyone.
With that, it’s certainly to be quite the wild ride for Corey Seager this offseason. With rumors of his contract asking price being in the $300M range, it would take a bold decision on the part of the Dodgers to remain in the mix at that price. But crazier things have happened.