Dodgers star shortstop Corey Seager will hit the free agent market after this season. The 26-year-old took home both the NLCS and World Series MVP trophies this past October. By all accounts, he is entering his prime.
The 2021 free agent class at shortstop is absolutely loaded. Barring extensions for Houston Asterisk’s star Carlos Correa and the Mets’ Francisco Lindor, they’ll join Seager in the open market along with Javier Baez of the Cubs and Trevor Story of the Rockies.
Former Orioles and Mets GM Jim Duquette took his shot at ranking the 2021 shortstop free agent class on MLB Sirius XM’s Power Alley this week.
“Lindor first. I think Story is a close second. Then, it’s hard, but Seager has such a big year last year. I put him third.”
During the regular season, Seags slashed .307/.358/.585 while recording 15 HR, 41 RBI, and a .943 OPS. He was even better in the playoffs, posting a .328/.425/.746 line. There’s a reason he took home both MVPs.
Although the Carlos Correa contract proposal framed the conversation, Duquette took his best guess at what Seager’s next contract will look like.
Corey Seager is the first shortstop with four homers in a postseason series in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/MUKoVyYjAB
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 17, 2020
“Lindor is going to get 300 million. Story is probably getting high $200s, at least. Seager…same range…they’re all comparable in my opinion, so there shouldn’t be that much separation.”
The Dodgers and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman have big salary cap decisions over the next several seasons. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Taylor only under contact for 2021.
Not to mention, they’ll have to carefully gameplan how they’re going to handle the free agency of 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger (FA 2024), playoff hero Julio Urias (FA 2024), and postseason dynamo Walker Buehler (FA 2024).
No matter how you slice it, Seager is one of the best shortstops in the game and he has the hardware to prove it.
Hopefully, this isn’t his last season in Dodger blue.