Texas Rangers Sign Corey Seager

by Trent Dickeson
Texas Rangers Sign Corey Seager

The Texas Rangers now have a $500M middle infield tandem, as they sign Corey Seager to a 10-year $325m contact to join Marcus Semien.

Make sure you read my article on the Rangers signing Semien too!

Seager is a former Rookie of the Year, two-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, and won the 2020 NLCS MVP & World Series MVP awards.

He is a career .297/.367/.504 hitter with 104 HR, 394 R, 364 RBI, .368 wOBA, 132 wRC+, and a 131 OPS+.

Seager was injured in 2021 but performed well in 95 games played. He hit .306/.394/.521 with 16 HR, 54 R, 57 RBI, .389 wOBA, 147 wRC+, and 145 OPS+ in limited time. Seager was worth 3.7 fWAR and 3.7 bWAR.

Texas is adding Seager and Semien to an offense that finished with an 84 team wRC+ in 2021. The Rangers are spending in an attempt to accelerate a rebuild and hopefully snap a five-year losing streak.

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2021 ADP: 26

2021 Stats: .306/.394/.521 16 HR, 54 R, 57 RBI, 1 SB, .389 wOBA, 147 wRC+, 145 OPS+

Career: .297/.367/.504 .389 wOBA, 132 wRC+, 131 OPS+

162 game averages: 26 HR, 100 R, 93 RBI, 2 SB

The biggest question is where will his ADP fall in 2022? He missed nearly half the season, but when healthy he provided elite production in multiple categories. Add in a bigger ballpark in Texas, and a weaker lineup than he played with while with the Dodgers, and his stats may suffer.

Shortstop is deep for Fantasy Baseball purposes as well.

If healthy, Seager should project for 25-30 HR, but where will his runs and RBI totals end up? FanGraphs projects him to hit 3rd, behind Semien, which should provide the most run-producing opportunities. Will he reach 100 RBI, or will he settle in closer to the 90 mark?

Seager was good for plenty of runs with a strong Dodgers lineup, however, if Semien hits ahead of him, he may have trouble coming around to score. Unless the Rangers lineup adds more depth, his runs may plateau in the mid-80s in 2021.

Seager will provide value in both average and OBP leagues. His lowest average was in 2018 when he hit .267 in only 26 games. Seager should be good to hit .280+. There is no reason to worry in OBP leagues, as Seager carries a 9.4% walk rate for his career.

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The Texas Rangers offense was atrocious in 2021. As a unit, they hit .232/.294/.375 with a .291 wOBA and an 84 wRC+. Signing both Seager and Semien should help the offense, but how much a difference will it really make for 2022?

There are still plenty of question marks throughout the Rangers lineup. This could not only affect Seager and Semien's Fantasy value but could mean the Rangers are in for another rough season offensively. They should be better in 2022, but it might be 2023 before this team really takes that next step.

Especially if they do not figure out their pitching situation, but that is a topic for a different time.

Signing Seager to a ten-year contract immediately paints him as the new face of the franchise. His 5.4 WAR/162 shows that is not a terrible decision, but it does mean they will want to become competitive quickly. The final years of the deal might be tough, but it will all be worth it if it leads to a championship.

The Astros still figure to be the team to beat in the AL West. Both the Mariners and the Angels would like to make moves to be more competitive. The Athletics look to be heading for a rebuild. Can the Rangers jump from the cellar of the AL West to the top of the division and playoff contention?

For Fantasy Baseball purposes, this may hurt Seager's value in 2022. Shortstop is a deep position, so there will be other options. If his value does fall some, it could make his Fantasy Baseball value more enticing going forward though. If he stays healthy, he will benefit any Fantasy Baseball roster he finds himself on.

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