There’s hardly a Los Angeles Dodgers fan out there who’s come to terms with Corey Seager’s departure. Even though the warning signs existed and scribbles on the wall were legible all along, hardly anyone was prepared for him to sign a 10-year, $325 million contract with the Texas Rangers.
The man is a Dodgers legend. He was the NL Rookie of the Year back in 2016 and helped the franchise capture its first World Series during the shortened 2020 season, when he won both the NLCS and WS MVP for his unbelievable offensive output.
Though he had trouble staying on the field throughout his Dodgers tenure, that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the best shortstops in the game. And we can chalk those injuries up to Tommy John surgery and a freak accident where he was hit on the wrist with a fastball. Some might be quick to call Seager injury prone, but that’s hardly the case. Those types of ailments don’t fall under that category.
As expected, he’s going to be missed by his teammates, especially his infield partner Justin Turner, who played alongside Seager at third base for the last seven years. The veteran’s comments on Seager’s departure make it clear it won’t be easy to cope right away once 2022 arrives.
Justin Turner is happy for Corey Seager … but knows it’s tough for the Dodgers.
Bittersweet for all, indeed. Many will be quick to cite Seager’s free agent price tag was “too expensive,” but was it really for the Dodgers? Is anything too expensive for them? Then again, reports suggested the Dodgers “tried hard” to retain Seager … and the shortstop’s actions were clear with Scott Boras as his agent. The man never settles for a penny less than what his clients are offered.
That doesn’t make it any less upsetting he’s no longer with the organization. Bringing back Chris Taylor helps, but Seager’s been a key figure in this most recent era of Dodgers baseball. He’s etched his name into the history books and there’s no taking that away from him. Indelible memories for LA fans.
The often overlooked impact of free agent departures is how it affects team morale. Seager was the first domino to fall, but how will this team recover if Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen don’t return? You can’t tell us that won’t alter the fabric significantly.
Turner’s comments show this Dodgers team values camaraderie and continuity. Scherzer leaving didn’t really affect that. But more of this core taking a hit certainly will.