Though it’s only spring training, it says a lot about the Los Angeles Dodgers’ competitive nature that they’ve hit the ground running thus far. Through 14 games, the club is currently tied for second in Cactus League play with a 9-5 record.
As far as biggest takeaways are concerned, fans can’t get enough of Corey Seager picking up right where he left off in October, when he famously took home NLCS and World Series MVP honors.
Across 11 contests, Seager is hitting a ridiculous .478.571/1.130 to go with eight runs scored. To put his scalding hot start into perspective, his five home runs are tied for first among all players this spring and he’s in sole possession of first place with 11 RBI.
You would think that Seager doesn’t need any more motivation to take his game up a notch, right? Well, think again, because a Brewers-Mariners trade proposed by Jim Bowden of The Athletic (subscription required) could incentivize him to do just that.
After all, the deal would see his brother, Kyle, move to the National League for the first time in his 10-year career, and that’s a rivalry everybody wants to see on display.
Would this Brewers trade motivate Dodgers star Corey Seager?
Here’s a quick breakdown of what each team would receive in the trade:
Mariners: Left-handed prospect Aaron Ashby
Brewers: Seager and cash considerations
The elder Seager is entering the final year of his seven-year, $100 million contract with Seattle, which includes a $15 million club option for next season. At 33 years old, the veteran clearly doesn’t have a future with the Mariners, who would like to give prospect Ty France something close to an everyday role at third base moving forward.
Such a trade would make sense for both parties, though Seattle would likely have to eat some of the $18.5 million owed to Seager this year. Acquiring Ashby, who impressed throughout the minor league ranks in 2019 before the 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic, would be a tremendous addition to their farm system.
As for Milwaukee, well, adding Seager would really put a bow on what was a sneaky-good offseason for general manager Matt Arnold. The Brewers clearly have aspirations to compete with the recharged Cardinals for the NL Central crown, and landing Seager from Seattle would significantly improve their chances to do just that.
What the Brewers might not realize, however, is that if the deal was completed, they would poke an already-agitated bear in Seager (Corey), who is seemingly poised to improve upon what was a groundbreaking campaign in 2020.
This might be a reach on our part, but is a Divisional Round matchup between the Seager brothers really too much to ask for? According to Bowden, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility.