MLB Rumors: Corey Seager at Yankees or Dodgers? Carlos Correa at the Tigers or the Rangers? Free agent shortstop predictions
The Yankees are hot for Corey Seager. No waiting, they show more interest in Marcus Semien. Check Semien wants too much money, so signing Trevor Story on short notice is the new best option. No, no, no, the Yankees could just spend a lot this offseason on Aaron Judge and call on Andrelton Simmons as a shortstop in 2022 until Derek Jeter, second Anthony Volpe and / or Oswald Peraza are ready for the league in 2023 or 2024.
These are just a few of the many Yankees rumors that have floated since the market opened after the World Series, and there will likely be a few doozies until the lockout ends baseball on the 2nd. December. When that happens, brace yourself for a union-owner fight that could be worse than the work stoppage that called off the 1994 World Series and almost led to replacement players in 1995.
But there will be peace of work after this fast-approaching baseball war, and then we’ll come back to the pleasure of seeing what becomes of this great class of autonomous agent shortstops – Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, Seager, Semien and Story. Will the price increase after the lockdown if luxury tax penalties decrease in the new collective agreement? Will the price drop if the lockdown goes on until, say, February or March and spring training begins a week after the parties have agreed on something?
Of course, there will be no sale until the Black Friday lockdown.
Francisco Lindor received $ 341 million for 10 years last spring ahead of his walking year, so Correa wants the same or more. The price to pay on Seager is $ 300 million and more. Baez, Story, and Semien are looking for over $ 200 million.
What is realistic?
Bidding wars drive up prices, but in this case there are only a dozen teams leading due to need and / or cost, maybe less.
Here are the latest of the five with predictions:
club 2021: Houston Astros.
Age: 27 (28 September 22, 2022).
Typing statistics 2021: Average 0.279, 555 AB, 104 runs, 155 hits, 34 doubles, 1 triple, 26 HR, 92 RBI, 0 SB, 75 BB, 116 K, .850 OPS, 148 games.
Field statistics in 2021: .981 defense percent, 11 errors, 578 chances in 148 shortstop games.
Awards: Star Games 2017 and 2021; 2015 AL rookie of the year; Glove AL Platinum 2021; Golden glove 2021.
Salary 2021: $ 11.7 million.
High contenders: Tigers, Rangers.
Possible options: Astros, Twins, Yankees.
The lean: It can be a two-team race, with the Tigers seen as the favorites and the Rangers as the best fallback option. The Tigers are going through a rebuild and looking to add a big budget free agent, plus Correa in Detroit would reunite him with former Astros manager AJ Hinch. The Tigers could turn to cheaper options if the price doesn’t drop on Correa. According to MLB network insider Jon Heyman in a tweet, âThe Tigers love Carlos Correa, but have heard from the Tigers folks who insist they won’t spend $ 300 million on a single player due to multiple needs. They are considering Baez and Semien (and maybe Story), who won’t command that number. “
Prediction: Tigers, $ 304 million for 9 years.
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club 2021: The Los Angeles Dodgers.
Age: 27 (28 April 27, 2022).
Typing statistics 2021: average .306, 353 AB, 54 runs, 108 hits, 22 doubles, 3 triples, 16 HR, 57 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS, 48 BB, 66 K, .915 OPS, 95 games.
Field statistics in 2021: .975 defensive percentage, 8 errors, 314 chances in 92 games (90 starts) from shortstop.
Awards: Star Games 2016 and 2017; 2016 and 2017 Silver Sluggers; NL Rookie of the Year 2016; NLCS MVP 2020; 2020 World Series MVP.
Salary 2021: $ 13.75 million.
The best contenders: Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers.
Possible options: Astros, Cubs, Phillies.
The lean: For the Yankees, that could mean choosing between signing Seager or locking up Judge. Seager may be the smartest game here because he’s younger, he would balance the Yankees right-handed roster as a left-handed hitter and he’s a slim shortstop who would likely make an easy transition to third base. when Volpe or Peraza graduate in the agricultural system. If the Yankees can’t get Seager at their price or decide to spend only big on Judge, then they’ll likely be looking at the interim shortstop options, maybe Story for a year or two, or maybe Genie. of the light commissioning Andrelton Simmons.
Prediction: Yankees, $ 279 million for 9 years.
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club 2021: Toronto Blue Jays.
Age: 31 (32 September 17, 2022).
Typing statistics 2021: Average .265, 652 AB, 115 runs, 173 hits, 39 doubles, 2 triples, 45 HR, 102 RBI, 15 SB, 1 CS, 66 BB, 146 K, .873 OPS, 162 games.
Field statistics in 2021: .984 defensive percentage, 1 error, 63 chances in 21 games (14 starts) at shortstop; .985 defensive percentage, 8 errors, 527 chances in 147 games (146 starts) at second base.
Awards: 2021 All-Star Game; Gold Glove 2021 (2B), Silver Striker 2021.
Salary 2021: $ 18 million.
The best contenders: Mariners, Rangers, Blue Jays.
Possible options: Mets, Tigers, Twins, Yankees.
The lean: Semien bet on himself last year by signing a one-year pact to play for the Blue Jays second baseman. Great decision. He won’t get the $ 200 million he wants, but there is nothing wrong with asking for the sun and the moon and settling for the sun.
Prediction: Sailors, $ 144 million for 6 years.
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club 2021: Colorado Rockies.
Age: 29 (30 November 15, 2022).
Typing statistics 2021: Average .251, 526 AB, 88 runs, 132 hits, 34 doubles, 5 triples, 24 HR, 75 RBI, 20 SB, 6 CS, 53 BB, 139 K, .801 OPS, 142 games.
Field statistics in 2021: .975 defensive percentage, 14 errors, 552 chances in 138 games (138 starts) from shortstop.
Awards: All-Star Games 2018 and 2019; 2018 and 2019 Silver Sluggers.
Salary 2021: $ 17.5 million.
The best contenders: Astros, Rangers, Tigers
Possible options: Twins, Yankees.
The lean: Signing history with the Rangers seems like a perfect choice as Texas has a lot of money to spend and he’s a native of Irving, TX who grew up 10 miles from Arlington. Story was tired of losing to Colorado and the Rangers were a 102-game losing team last season that have a lot of holes, so he might be tempted to sign with a contenderâ¦ maybe even the Yankees for a year or two at 25 million. dollars per year. then test the market again when he is 30 or 31 years old.
Prediction: Rangers, $ 180 million for 7 years.
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2021 clubs: Chicago Cubs, New York Mets.
Age: 28 (December 29 to 1, 2021).
Typing statistics 2021: Average .265, 502 AB, 80 runs, 133 hits, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 31 HR, 87 RBI, 18 SB, 5 CS, 28 BB, 184 K, .813 OPS, 138 games.
Field statistics in 2021: .954 defensive percentage, 18 errors, 392 chances in 88 games (86 starts) from shortstop; .968 defensive percentage, 4 errors, 126 chances in 35 games (32 starts) at second base.
Awards: All-Star Games 2018 and 2019; 2018 Silver Hitter; 2020 NL Gold Glove (SS); NLCS MVP 2016.
Salary 2021: $ 11.65 million.
Top contender: Put.
Possible options: Astros, Mariners, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins.
The lean: There is a lot of rumor that the Mets will be pushing hard to re-sign Baez, but he would be in a better position to play second base in this powerful Blue Jays side if Semien signs elsewhere.
Prediction: Blue Jays, $ 150 million for 6 years.
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