Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be a free agent following the 2021 season. The slugger has stated that he’s not focused on his impending free agency this season.
Losing Seager would be a massive blow to the Dodgers’ potent offense. When healthy, the argument can be made that Seager is the best offensive shortstop in the game. No disrespect to Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story, Fernando Tatis Jr., or Xander Bogaerts. After winning the NLCS and World Series MVPs, Seager has the hardware to prove it.
If Seager signs elsewhere this winter, who could the Dodgers replace him with?
Former number one overall prospect Gavin Lux and utility man Zack McKinstry could be the answer.
Lux has struggled the last few games (0/11), but his ceiling is still high. Lux earned the starting second base role this spring by slashing .314/.340/.451. More importantly, he came in with a professional attitude this spring.
Zack McKinstry has exploded in April. As of Sunday night, the 33rd round pick in 2016 currently leads the team in RBI (10) and ranks third in OPS (1.033). With former MVPs Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts missing time, McKinstry has taken advantage of his opportunities.
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On Sunday, the 25-year-old blasted a two-run homer off of the Nationals Tanner Rainey to lift the Dodgers to a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning. McKinstry logged all three of LA’s runs batted in during Sunday’s tilt at Dodger Stadium.
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Losing Corey Seager would be devastating, but with the versatility of Lux and McKinstry, the Dodgers could still have a potent middle infield combination. Both Lux and Mckisntry can play shortstop or second base. Both Lux and McKinstry are under team control until the 2027 season.
Should Seager walk in free agency, the Dodgers have not one, but two great options to plug into the shortstop position for years to come.