The Dodgers had a largely successful offseason. They managed both re-sign Clayton Kershaw and whisk Freddie Freeman away from the Atlanta Braves. However, they were not successful in retaining longtime shortstop Corey Seager. Seager signed a megadeal with the Texas Rangers before the December 1 lockout.
Seager explained one big factor, besides the massive ten-year, $325M contract, that led to him signing with the Rangers in an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.
“We’re trending upwards. Woody [Chris Woodward] was a huge part of my decision. Knowing how he is, knowing how he approaches the game, knowing how I am and how I approach the game. The stars aligned.”
Before Seager signed with the Rangers, his strong relationship with Texas manager Chris Woodward was no secret. Woodward previously served as the Dodgers third base coach and had a strong rapport with Seager.
That’s not the only Rangers coach with Dodger ties to Seager. Texas brought Tim Hyers into the fold this offseason as the team’s hitting coach – Woodward and Hyers coached in LA together in 2016 and 2017. Hyers apparently played a big role in Seager’s maturation from rookie of the year candidate to slugging shortstop.
Seager also cited the continuity of the Rangers front office, as another factor in his decision.
“Then, you get CY [Chris Young] and JD [Josh Boyd] in there with the same mindset and the same approach. That hits home and it’s something you want to be part of.”
The shortstop isn’t alone in his reverence for Chris Young. Clayton Kershaw, who almost signed with Texas himself, is also high on Young’s ability to turn the Rangers around.
A big bag of money played a role for Seager, but so did familiarity.
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