Seeger topped the free agent shortstop class this winter. At 27, he is slightly older than Carlos Correa and younger than the other members in this position (Javier Baez, Trevor Storey and Marcus Semien). His resume includes a Rookie of the Year award, two All-Star games, two Silver Sluggers, a National League Series MVP and a World Series MVP. He will be paid.
Seeger’s value comes from his bat. In good health, he is one of the most dangerous strikers in major tournaments. But the injuries haunted him. With a broken arm and a hamstring injury during rehab, he has played just 95 games this season. With a sprained left hamstring, he was on the injured list for almost a month in 2019. In 2018, he played just 26 games before undergoing surgery for Tommy John.
Then there is his future in defense. By all accounts, Seeger will not be shortstop for long. His range and backhand ball use have suffered this season. Moving to third base seems inevitable. That won’t stop his agent Scott Boras from closing the $ 300 million deal.
According to people familiar with the situation, the Dodgers offered Shiger a contract extension earlier this year. They will welcome a return. If he does oversubscribe, the Dodgers can move him to third base or keep him at a stop and trade Trea Turner. The Dodgers acquired Turner along with Scherzer to play second base in 2021 and will shortstop in 2022 if Seeger leaves. Saving Seager will open up possibilities.
Another possible factor in his market: his older brother Kyle, the third baseman, will be a free agent after 11 seasons with the Seattle Mariners.
Potential suitors: Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers, Cardinals, Nationals, Braves.