It’s been almost a week since the 32-year drought was finally erased. The players are enjoying the time off, with some of them making their rounds on talk shows, but the organization has some work to do with the start of the offseason. The front office will be tasked with constructing a team to defend their title next year.
While preparing for next year is a necessity, Andrew Friedman has emphasized the importance of maintaining a contender year in and year out. The farm system is already one of the best in baseball and should remain that way for the foreseeable future, but retaining talent goes a long way as well.
Cue Corey Seager
— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2020
Seager will still be a Dodger during the 2021 season but will be one of four Dodgers and the first of the team’s young core to hit free agency come next November. Rather than to wait till then, the team should place extending the 26-year old shortstop at the top of their to-do list.
The former 2016 Rookie of the Year’s sensational season should surprise no one, as he was showing just what he is capable of when healthy. His worst full season came in 2019 after he returned from two major surgeries. Though it was a “down year” for Seager, he still managed a .272 batting average with 19 home runs, 87 RBIs, and tied for the league lead in doubles (44). It also shouldn’t be forgotten that he finished third in MVP voting as a rookie and without his performance throughout the playoffs, we may have very well been saying “maybe next year.”
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 28, 2020
Seager is a vital piece to the team’s success and is just entering his prime. He’s already accomplished so much in his young career, but imagine what else awaits this talented shortstop. Whether it be another silver slugger award, leading the league in doubles, or winning an MVP, his future should only get brighter. If the front office wants to continue to produce championship-caliber teams, Seager needs to be a part of them.