As the Winter Meetings are going on and the Mariners are finally involved in some rumors. But this week I am wondering whether Kyle Seager is going to have a big year in 2020 or not?
Last season, Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager landed, for the first time, on the injured list, and wouldn’t make his season debut until late May. He had a decent season, however, he got off to a terrible start like he usually does.
In August, Kyle had his best month of the season, batting .323 with 9 home runs and 25 runs batted in. It had been a while since Kyle hit like that for the Mariners. His last good season was in 2016 when he batted .278 with 30 home runs and 99 RBI’s. His stats started to decline from then on.
In September he had five home runs, which is a good total, but his average dipped down to .202. If Kyle could find a way to hit somewhere between August average .323 and September of .202 we would all be happy about that.
A question we have to ask is where Kyle Seager will be in the lineup. His home run total looks like he should hit in the mid-’20s once again but what about his average and runs batted in. Kyle is now the elder statesman on the Mariners as far as time spent with the team since Felix Hernandez won’t return after his contract ended. He turned 32 in November so he should be in his prime instead of declining the last three years. It is not like he has had prolonged injuries like Felix did over the last several seasons.
I wonder if we have already seen the best of Kyle Seager already on his offense anyway. Kyle’s current seven-year contract ends in 2022. Before that season starts the Mariners can decline his option.
I don’t think any team would want to pay Kyle Seager $18 million without him playing at a high level. So it only makes sense if Kyle Seager goes back to playing at the level or greater than in 2016, either wanting to stay with the Mariners in 2022 or signing an extension or waiting for 2023 where he would be a free agent.
Going into 2023 he will be 35 years old, so the odds are against him to get another contract unless he is among the best third baseman in baseball. We do hope for the best of Kyle Seager because it means the best for the Mariners. Go M’s.