The Los Angeles Dodgers may see a major roster turnover in the offseason due to the number of notable players who have become free agents. But at the least, they have their sights set on re-signing shortstop Corey Seager.
Seager hit free agency after he elected to decline the Dodgers' one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer. Thus, if he opts to sign with another team in the offseason, the Dodgers will end up receiving a compensation draft pick.
As expected, the Dodgers are well aiming to bring back Seager, which team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman touched on during an episode of MLB Network's “High Heat” on Wednesday.
“Seager's obviously meant a great deal to us looking back,” Friedman said. “And I think we have a pretty demonstrative track record with guys that we know well and have been with us. We’ll be aggressive to try to retain. That being said, we have a lot of other really talented players as well and a whole payroll to look at and manage.
“He's a great player. He's gonna get a great contract rightfully so and time will tell how it kind of plays out.”
While the likes of the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers have been linked with a possible free agent move for Seager, it may seem that he could very well return to the Dodgers in the end. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal recently noted that the Dodgers are the favorite to sign Seager in free agency. And more so, the 2020 World Series MVP has an eye on coming to terms on a new deal with a team before the expected start of the lockout on Dec. 2.
Although he was sidelined for 65 games after he fractured the fifth metacarpal in his right hand, Seager still produced when he was healthy last season. He hit .306 and totaled for 16 home runs in 95 regular season games with the team.
It will be noteworthy to see whether both sides will come to terms on a new deal in the coming week.