Of all of the free agent shortstops on the market this offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly have their eyes on one of them and only one of them. It’s the one they know best: Corey Seager.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network on Twitter, the Dodgers are looking at Corey Seager and only Seager.
It’s “Corey Seager or bust” for the Los Angeles Dodgers
On MLB Network’s morning show, Hot Stove, Jon Heyman elaborated a little bit further about the Los Angeles Dodgers and their interest in free agent shortstop Corey Seager.
“They love Corey Seager but it feels like it’s Corey Seager or bust,” said Heyman on MLB Network’s Hot Stove on Monday. “I don’t think they are looking at [Carlos] Correa, [Javier] Baez, or the other shortstops at this point. If they can get Seager, they’d love to bring him back … That’s number one on their agenda.”
Seager, who will turn 28 in 2021, is the second-youngest of the big free agent shortstops on the market this offseason. For the Dodgers, he has had some injury issues in the last few seasons but when healthy, he has been one of the best players for the Dodgers.
In 2021, he only played in 95 games but he hit .306/.394/.521 with an OPS+ of 145. In 2020, he came in 9th in NL MVP voting after having even better numbers than he did in 2021. He hit .307/.358/.585 with an OPS+ of 150. In 2019, he led the NL in doubles with 44 and had an OPS+ of 112 but in 2018, he was limited to just 26 games due to injury.
MLB Trade Rumors has Seager as the second-best free agent available this offseason (behind Correa) and they predict that he will get a ten-year deal worth $305 million.
With the way this offseason has developed thus far, Seager could be getting more dollars than MLBTR predicted as all but one of the five Top 50 Free Agents on their list that have signed for more money than they predicted.