Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be available as a free agent after the 2021 season. Seager is coming off of a monster playoff run and tore up any and all pitchers this spring. Dodgers beat writer for MLB.com, Juan Toribio, believes this is Seager’s last Opening Day with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Toribio joined MLB Sirius XM’s Dan Graca and Xavier Scruggs on Round Trip this week to discuss all things Dodgers. Inevitably, he was asked if Thursday’s season opener against the Rockies will be Seager’s last in Dodger blue.
“I would say yes. I think his price, not that this team lacks in any financial resources, but his price is going to be incredibly high.”
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And now with Francisco Lindor inking a monster deal with the Mets, the brigade of premium shortstops is headlined by Corey. Moreover, assuming there aren’t any mid-season extensions on the horizon, Seager will join fellow shortstops Trevor Story, Carlos Correa, and Javier Baez in the free agent market this winter.
Seager slashed .346/.424/.827 this spring and crushed eight home runs. Toribio suggests that Seager’s spring is a sign of things to come in the 2021 regular season.
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“I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the National League MVP. The guys is locked in, fully healthy compared to last year and the last couple of years. He’s a guy that could hit 40 homers from that position. I think, between him and Trevor Story, it’s going to be a bidding war this offseason.”
Seager looks and feels like a Dodger veteran, although he’s only turning 27 this season. He was an All-Star and Silver Slugger in 2016 and 2017, before he took home the 2020 NL and World Series MVPs. He was also the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year.
The Dodgers front office, led by two-time Executive of the Year Andrew Friedman, has a big decision to make when it comes to Seager this winter.
Juan Toribio, who is as plugged in as anyone to the Dodgers, believes the price will just be too high for Los Angeles.
Like it or not, today might just be Seager’s last Opening Day as a Los Angeles Dodger.