At this point, it’s not quite earth-shattering news, but as predicted, the Yankees will join the Dodgers as a team expected to most fiercely pursue free agent shortstop Corey Seager. On Tuesday, MLB insider (and puppet for MLB super agent Scott Boras) Jon Heyman tweeted out what we all knew. Now it’s just in writing in a singular tweet.
Yankees and Dodgers are both playing for star SS Corey Seager. For a big free agent, this tandem of marquee teams is like the Holy Grail.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 17, 2021
As for Heyman’s “Holy Grail” line, that’s just insider-speak for Seager is going to get a lot of money. Evaluators have predicted a contract worth as little as $210 million to as high as $305 million for the services of the 2020 NLCS and World Series MVP. Seager offers the best bat-to-ball skills on the free agent market this winter and he does so while also playing fine-to-below-average defense at shortstop, which is even harder to find.
For as much as I’ve spoken ill of Heyman here — and I do so purely in jest — he is an insider in the know. Particularly with Boras clients. Seriously, you’d be hard pressed to find another media personality more in-tune with what any Scott Boras client’s market is looking like. And with that, we cement what we all already assumed…
Corey Seager will re-sign with the Dodgers or with the team he grew up rooting for, the New York Yankees. And it will be for a lot of money. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million annually.
So buckle in for what could become the rare bidding war between baseball’s two biggest spenders.