Corey Seager is headed to the Texas Rangers. A few people around the Dodgers organization aren’t surprised. In fact, the rumblings of Seager signing with Texas have been going for a couple of years according to one insider.
AM570’s David Vassegh reported on Monday that Seager to the Rangers has been brewing for quite a while.
“The last two years, people around the Dodgers always suspected that once Seager hit the free agent market, the Rangers would be the team that would be the best fit.”
Vassegh also stated that his close relationship with former Dodgers third base and infield coach, and current Rangers manager, Chris Woodward was also a big factor in his decision to sign with Texas.
Additionally, Seager is also a big fan of Tim Hyers – the new Rangers hitting coach. Hyers and Woodward coached together on the Dodgers in 2016 and 2017.
Former Teammates Saw Texas As a “Destination”
The massive contract offer ($325M/10 yrs) and his reverence for Woodward and Hyers were too enticing for Seager.
“All of those things on the surface made a lot of people, including his teammates, think that the Rangers would be the point of destination if he left the Dodgers.”
Seager joins a retooled Rangers team that also signed starter Jon Gray and infielder Marcus Semien. Texas has not made a playoff appearance since 2016.
The Dodgers still have plenty of other decisions to make in regards to free agency. As of late Wednesday evening, Clayton Kershaw, Chris Taylor and Kenley Jansen all remained unsigned.