Kyle Seager Announces Retirement Via Wife’s Twitter
This offseason, much of the chatter regarding former Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager revolved around the (mostly-joking) concept that a club would sign him to get his younger brother to join with them. Kyle remained a free agent until Wednesday, when his wife posted a simple message. Corey Seager signed with the Rangers for ten years and $325 million.
The announcement stated, “Today, I’m announcing my retirement from Major League Baseball.” “I appreciate everyone who has supported me throughout my career, including my family, friends, and fas.” It’s been an incredible journey, but I’m beyond thrilled to embark on the next chapter of my life.”
This comes as a bit of a shock since the 34-year-old hit 35 home runs and drove in 101 runs in his 11th season, all with the Mariners. Seager’s.212 average and.285 on-base percentage were also career lows, and he may have just decided to put up his cleats rather than go through a frantic free agency period after the lockout ended.
Some of it might have been due to the prospect of joining a different club for the first time, since he was one of the very few veteran professional sportsmen to have spent his whole career with the same team. Seager was drafted in the third round (82nd overall) by Seattle in 2009 and played parts of three seasons in the minors before making his major league debut in 2011. In each of his nine complete seasons, he hit at least 20 home runs, totaling 242 for his career.
Despite this, the Mariners declined to take up Seager’s $20 million option in order to pursue a different strategy. That money may be used to make a significant acquisition, possibly even a replacement at the hot corner, with Kris Bryant being cited as a strong option by multiple sources.
Many outside analysts, on the other hand, see Seager as a natural match for the Cubs, who desperately need more power from the left side. Seager certainly sold out for power this past season, as his strikeout rate soared beyond 24%, but his 18.1 percent rate would have significantly improved the Cubs’ overall club high of 26.7 percent. Platooning him with Patrick Wisdom or acting as DH was also appealing, especially in the short term until Nelson Velazquez and others matured.
Unfortunately, it does not seem that this will be the case. Unless, of course, Seager is just as frustrated as the rest of us with the lockout and will be itching to play as soon as spring arrives and both the ground and the labour situation thaw.