Every offseason — at least over last two-three years or so — you see the idea pitched by fans and pundits alike. Why don’t the Dodgers just move Corey Seager to third base and get another elite shortstop? Usually, those ideas involve Cleveland superstar Francisco Lindor. But there’s a problem with that.
Corey Seager is a shortstop… and that’s the way he wants it to stay.
This week, Dodgers.com beat writer Ken Gurnick addressed the topic of Seager switching positions where he gave his 2 cents as an insider.
Corey Seager has never shown any willingness to be anything other than a shortstop. Coming off the season he just had, fully healthy, there’s no reason to think that will change any time soon, especially one year away from free agency and the payday of a lifetime.
The 2020 World Series MVP has heard the chatter for just about all of his career. The popular refrain being that he’s too tall to play shortstop. Many may not recall that Corey did, in fact, play third base in his rookie season. At least some. The second game of his career saw him as the starting 3B for the Dodgers. That season he made 4 starts and 6 appearances at the hot corner before taking the shortstop job away from Jimmy Rollins and never looking back.
At 6’4″, he may not develop into a Gold Glove winner at short, but he still has several years to be a good-to-great option up the middle. And for the Dodgers, instead of potentially toying with a position change for Seager, the focus should be on something much more important.
A contract extension.