The Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night, abandoning Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to the Atlanta Braves. As a result, the Dodgers will miss out on their fourth World Series in five tries. What the Dodgers will do, however, is start a monumental offseason.
Managing Director Andrew Friedman will face tough decisions this winter, as a number of key contributors move towards free agency. The squad includes starters Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, closest Kenley Jansen, shortstop Corey Seager and utility starter Chris Taylor. Seager, for his part, has expressed his willingness to return to Los Angeles following Saturday’s loss.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Seager said of a possible re-signing with the Dodgers, by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. “I grew up here. I spent a lot of time here. I believe in what these guys do. I believe in the way we do it. Absolutely.”
Seager, 27, will have plenty of other suitors if he’s so inclined to listen to them. Over the past three seasons, he’s hit 0.290 / 0.360 / 0.516 (131 OPS +) with 50 home runs and 8.7 wins over substitution, according to Baseball Reference’s calculations.
The New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies might all be interested in Seager – and that’s ignoring generic teams like the San Francisco Giants (who have one of Seager’s former bosses as general manager) and the Seattle Mariners. Seager is therefore well placed to sign an extravagant contract this offseason.
It’s unclear where Seager stands on the Dodgers’ priority list. As we’ve noted elsewhere, Los Angeles acquired another high-quality shortstop on the deadline, in Trea Turner.
Turner will qualify for free agency next winter. Of course, the Dodgers can only keep one for the long haul. Turner, due to being under control for longer and the absence of Seager’s documented back problems, might be their choice.