With the unfolding of recent events, the Dodgers chances of defending their 2020 title have gotten even better. Sadly they’ll have to do it without the presence of key players like Joc Pederson or Kiké Hernandez, and that’s just the start of the upcoming wave of pending free agents. Guys like Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Chris Taylor, and Corey Seager are slated to become free agents at the end of the upcoming season.
The Dodgers could theoretically re-sign all of them, but we’ve learned the hard way that not everyone returns. The decline of Jansen may or may not have punched his ticket out of Los Angeles, while the Dodgers will certainly try to keep Clayton Kershaw a Dodger for life. As for Corey Seager, Bleacher Report’s MLB Writer Zachary Rymer has other ideas as he has made an early prediction that the shortstop signs with the San Francisco Giants.
“Between his 6’4”, 215-pound frame and his slipping metrics, the big question going forward is whether Seager will eventually have to move off shortstop. That could affect his market, in that his top suitors will be teams that have money to spend and the means to shift him to third base. Thus could the Giants emerge as a leading suitor for Seager.”
Just thinking about the idea of Corey Seager in black and orange should be illegal. Without his bat in the lineup, could the Dodgers have won the 2020 World Series, or come back from a 3-1 deficit against the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS? It’s possible, but there’s no denying that the NLCS and World Series MVP was a crucial part of the 32-year drought coming to an end. Letting him walk in free agency next year would surely rub fans the wrong way, especially considering the team just handed out a historic deal to Trevor Bauer.
Corey Seager. That is all. pic.twitter.com/cdZYxRWNbN
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 14, 2020
However, Rhymer’s prediction may not be too out of left field. Seager’s agent is none other than the infamous Scot Boras who will ensure he squeezes the most money and years out of any team. There’s little doubt that Corey is stud on the field, but he has to remain on the field to make an impact. His history of injuries may keep the Dodgers from competing with a team like the Giants.
San Francisco’s President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi is the former GM of Los Angeles which will play apart in their pursuit of Seager. They’ll also have a hole to fill as veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford is also a pending free agent and. The Giants do have 19-year old Marco Luciano who may be the shortstop of the future, but Seager may be too tempting for Zaidi to pass up. All the stars may be aligning for that to happen, yet it’s up to Andrew Friedman to knick that idea in the butt before it even starts.
Seager is an outstanding player and losing him would be a huge blow to the Dodgers. Let’s hope the Giants don’t even come close to being on Corey’s radar next offseason, or anyone’s for that matter.