If Corey Seager wanted to be back with Dodgers he would have fired Scott Boras
Easier said than done, right? When one of us plebeians is faced with a colossal decision concerning money, we usually sell out. It’s just the way the world works.
So we’re not exactly calling Corey Seager out for turning down $75 million extra bucks, but we’re also not not calling him out. After all, wasn’t it Seager who said he wanted to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers? Wasn’t it Seager who decided to employ the most cutthroat agent in the business? Wasn’t it Seager who bought into the rumor that the Dodgers were eyeing Francisco Lindor to replace him before the 2020 season began?
Then again, any criticism we may have is hollow. We can’t say the Lindor rumor isn’t true and then also claim the Dodgers’ reported eight-year, $250 million to Seager last spring training is. But you have to at least figure the Dodgers were willing to go fairly high in the bidding if they were among the finalists.
In the end, Seager took a 10-year, $325 million contract from the AL bottom-feeding Texas Rangers, who also added Marcus Semien, but have so much more work to do in order to be even considered a contender.
Corey Seager should’ve fired Scott Boras if he wanted to remain a Dodgers SS.
The fact of the matter is the Dodgers have a $365 million contract on the books in Mookie Betts. They’ve consistently had one of the highest — if not the highest payroll — in Major League Baseball. This team spends. It’s not like they were trying to penny-pinch with Seager. Even if they offered him something in the $28 million per year range, it’d be reasonable for a guy who’s had trouble staying on the field most of his career.
Dodgers insider David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports radio believes Seager “felt pressured” by the MLB players’ union to accept the biggest offer, which, while we have no idea if thats true, could’ve very well been the case as the owners and players were days away from a lockout.
But let’s pretend everything was normal and there was no urgency. Boras clients, historically, never take less money. If that was their motive, Boras wouldn’t take them on as clients. He’s essentially the equivalent of an investment bank in the baseball world.
Everybody knows what they’re getting when the sign on with Boras — the most money humanly possible, regardless of your recent performance. It always lines up for this guy and his crew of corporate henchmen. You’re telling us that Seager was oblivious to that? He had no idea that the Dodgers might be in a tough spot with so many free agents hitting the open market the same year Seager’s team control was up?
If he truly wanted to remain with the Dodgers and avoid pushback from his representation, he would’ve signed on with another agency, taken a beefy $200+ million contract, and remained on a contender for the foreseeable future.
But to quote Seager from a year ago: “It really is a business.”