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Dodgers: MLB Pundit Calls Corey Seager a Must-Extend Player for Los Angeles

Jim Bowden thinks the Dodgers HAVE to extend Seager ASAP.



Corey Seager found a way to make Dodgers fans nervous about being in his final year of arbitration. Up until the 2020 season, most fans in Los Angeles were fairly certain a small or short-term deal would’ve been done by now. Instead, the World Series MVP has just the 2021 season left until entering free agency. 

Seager quickly became one of the Dodgers’ most important priorities following his 2020 postseason performance. In fact, Jim Bowden of The Atheltic named Seager the “Must Extend” player in Los Angeles. More on Seager from Bowden:

Seager was the 2020 NLCS and World Series MVP, with 7 home runs and 16 RBIs in 13 games…He finished 9th in the NL MVP voting this year. He’s only 26 years old, which means an 8-year contract extension is what should be expected this offseason.

Seager is coming off of a season in which he slashed .307/.358/.585 and had 28 extra-base hits in 52 games. It just so happens that Seager also ended up having one of the most productive offensive years of his career, just 2 years removed from a few major surgeries. Without his production, there is no way the Dodger go 43-17 and win the World Series in 2020.

With that in mind, the only thing left to discuss is the length and terms of his new contract. The Dodgers would presumably like to keep him around long-term, but an 8-year extension that Bowden suggested might be a little long. That length would keep him in Los Angeles through the 2029 season, which would make him a free agent in his mid-30s. 

Instead, a deal that would keep Seager on the Dodgers through 2027 might be more ideal. A 6-year extension could be just what the team ordered, possibly with an annual average somewhere around the $25 million mark. Expect the Dodgers to be in on Seager for roughly $150 million if the years are right. Don’t forget, Seager is a client of Scott Boras. 

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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. I guess it doesn’t take much to be described as an “MLB pundit”. Thanks for enlightening all Dodgers fans, Captain Obvious. The next thing you know, Bowden will inform us the team needs to find a way to re-sign Buehler and possibly Bellinger.

  2. Agree, Paul. He got his idea from Dodger blogs, of all places. Man! That has been all the talk the last couple weeks. One blog the other day talked about the order of business in extending Corey and 2 other Dodgers. Hmm.

  3. Congratulations to the 2020 World Series Champions LA Dodgers!!!
    Wow I waited 32 years to say it again and man it feels so good and it sounds so sweet!
    And I Thank God He allowed me to see it happen, With that being said.
    LA Dodgers must sign Cory “Beast” Seager (5) to a long term contract he deserves it.
    He is one of the main core of this team along with Cody “Boom” Bellinger (35) and Walker “Stellar” Buehler (21). Let’s Do Repeat a on 2021!
    “Let’s Go LA Dodgers!!!

    • Signed all three of them to a long term contract and this team will be a Dynasty Team for many years! Let’s Do a Repeat on 2021!!!

      • Boras is the elephant in the room. He is the agent for multiple upcoming Dodger free agents, including Seager. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I really think this guy hates the Dodgers. If the Dodgers want to re-sign Seager, they need to start the process early before Boras turns it into a bidding war and finds a way to sign Seager with anybody but the Dodgers.

  4. Notice to MLB pundit – NO KIDDING – in fact, when healthy, Seager might be better than Bellinger.
    One more time – FORGET LINDOR

  5. Just bring them all back. They are the best team. Period. End of story. The farmhands get even better over the next few years.

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