Kyle Seager, third baseman for the Seattle Mariners, needs a contract extension RIGHT NOW.
Over the last 3 seasons he has been the most consistent Mariners position player, an offensive cog, and a solid defender at the hot corner. Statistically he is one of the 5 best third basemen in the American League.
His numbers this season? All-Star worthy– they’re comparable to Josh Donaldson‘s numbers for the Oakland Athletics, and Donaldson is leading currently in the All-Star balloting.
Let’s do a quick look over Seager’s offensive numbers in recent seasons:
.259/.316/.432 with 20 home runs, 86 RBI, 35 doubles, 46 walks.
.260/.338/.426 with 22 home runs, 69 RBI, 32 doubles and 68 walks.
2014 (through 77 games):
.274/.345/..491 with 12 home runs, 55 RBI, 20 doubles and 26 walks.
In 2012 Seager posted 3.6 WAR for the season. In 2013, 3.4 WAR. And not yet past the midpoint this season, Seager already has 3.0 WAR under his belt (all according to FanGraphs).
He has been so valuable to this team. And now, with Robinson Cano ahead of him in the lineup, Seager is getting consistent RBI opportunities. Every day I check the lineup it’s always Cano and Seager guaranteed to be in the lineup.
But why give Kyle Seager a contract extension now? I mean, he’s not slated to be a free agent until 2018, and this offseason will be the first time he is arbitration eligible.
Give him a contract extension because he is worth it. Without Seager 2012 and 2013 would have been even more devastating. He’s the one prospect in recent years to have come up through the Mariners system and succeeded consistently once getting everyday at-bats.
He’s the only guy in the organization capable and prepared to play third base every day in the Majors, and he needs to be in the Mariners lineup for years to come.
The Mariners front office need to approach him and get him under a contract that will secure his financial future. His wife just had their first child, and earning the money he deserves will not only validate his hard work, but also keep him inclined towards the Mariners organization.
Give him a 6-year, $70 million dollar contract extension so that he is a Mariner through the 2020 season. He will be worth every single penny.