The offseason is in full swing for the Dodgers, as they begin to gain more clarity on their free agency outlook. After extending qualifying offers to Chris Taylor and Corey Seager before Sunday’s deadline, the Dodgers have already received an answer from one of the two.
Corey Seager will decline the Dodgers' qualifying offer, per source. Not a surprise. Chris Taylor is the other Dodgers free agent who received the QO.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) November 9, 2021
This was always the expected outcome, as Seager stands to get a serious payday at some point this winter. He’s an offensive powerhouse that plays one of baseball’s premium positions, and he still has years of prime production ahead of him. So why would the Dodgers even waste time in offering him a one-year contract?
For starters, they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. If by some miracle Corey accepted the $18.4 million contract, the Dodgers get one of baseball’s best shortstops at an extreme discount. If he declined as expected, however, they at least get a compensation pick in next year’s draft if he leaves to sign with another team.
In the grand scheme of things, today’s news means very little in terms of a final decision from the long-time Dodger. All that is decided is that Seager believes he is worth more than $18.4 million annually, which should go without saying. Los Angeles still has a chance to negotiate a long-term deal with him if they so choose, but they will have to cough up a much higher total if they are to stand a chance.
The offseason is only getting started, so any news regarding a Seager contract is likely still months away. In the meantime, the Dodgers have plenty of other players to make decisions about. With 11 free agents handing in the balance, this offseason could prove to be instrumental for a team that has dominated much of the last decade.