Recent Corey Seager-Clayton Kershaw buzz feels like utmost Dodgers betrayal
All it took was $75 million more to convince Corey Seager to leave the powerhouse Los Angeles Dodgers for the lowly Texas Rangers. Are we sure this guy wanted to be a Dodger for life? We know more money is always good, but the Dodgers’ reported eight-year, $250 million during spring training sure sounded fair.
Anyway, that’s in the past now. There is still reason to have some beef with Seager, however, because he’s now getting involved with Dodgers legend Clayton Kershaw, who’s a free agent and is reportedly being eyed by the Rangers.
Seager has apparently joined the campaign to bring Kershaw to (or, back to) Texas and that’s simply not the next-level type of betrayal Dodgers fans would be willing to accept. Leaving for more money? Fine. Poaching franchise icons? Nope. Not going to happen.
Here’s what Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times wrote last week:
"“Pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen, the two longest-tenured Dodgers, remain unsigned. Jansen, the franchise’s all-time saves leader, is not expected to return. But the Dodgers hold hope that Kershaw will choose them over joining Seager to play for his hometown Rangers. Seager, now on the other side, is trying to lure the future Hall of Famer away.“’I’ve had some talks with Kershaw, for sure,’ Seager said when asked if he’s tried recruiting Kershaw.'”"
Corey Seager is trying to steal Clayton Kershaw from the Dodgers.
Kershaw potentially departing is very, very real. Whether it’s the left-hander mulling retirement or wanting to be closer to home in Texas, there’s never been a more legitimate reality of the three-time Cy Young winner not donning Dodger Blue. Whatever he’s considering, he certainly doesn’t need another party whispering in his ear and swaying him in the other (wrong) direction.
And it definitely doesn’t need to be Seager, who some believe was reportedly pressured by the players’ union to take the biggest contract offered to him before the lockout. That’s the guy you want to listen to?
Seager will forever be a Dodger hero, but his swift exit from Los Angeles doesn’t exactly have him in the good graces of fans at the moment. If he manages to pry Kershaw away from the team he’s called home for the last 14 years? He could very well be disowned.