As we look forward to the major league baseball season, whenever that happens, I look at Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.
Kyle is now the longest-tenured Mariners with the departure of Felix Hernandez since Jerry Dipoto took over as the general manager. Seager’s first season in a Mariner uniform was 2011. He came up on July 7, however, he was sent back to Tacoma two weeks later. Kyle returned to the Mariners on August 2 and wouldn’t go back to Tacoma again until last May when he was in a rehab assignment.
Coming up through the Mariner minor league system, they didn’t expect him to be a third baseman. His position at the time was second base. The beginning of 2012 Mike Carp was the Mariners left-hander power bat. However, early on he injured his right shoulder. The Mariners moved Chone Figgins, who started the season as the third baseman, to left field while inserting Kyle Seager at third base.
Since that day Seager has been the Mariners third baseman. He worked hard to become a great defensive third baseman while adding power at the plate. Kyle wasn’t considered a power hitter at all when he became the Mariners’ third baseman. Both Mike Carp and Chone Figgins have long gone from Seattle while Kyle Seager’s become one of the best players in Mariner history.
Kyle Seager won’t pass up guys like Ken Griffey Jr. or Felix Hernandez but does have a place among their best players in Mariner history. We are not even sure he will finish his career in Seattle just like Felix Hernandez but he has had some good times in Seattle though the team hasn’t had a lot of success during his time.
Only in his third full season as the Mariners third baseman, Kyle Seager made the All-Star team along with winning the gold glove. Not bad for a guy who truly made his mark at third base while being in the major leagues in 2014. After the season on December 2, Kyle Seager signed a seven-year contract that ends after the 2021 season. The Mariners do have a club option for 2022.
All depending on how Kyle Seager does over the next two seasons the 2021 season will probably be his last year in a Seattle Mariner uniform. The Mariners are in the process of rebuilding right now. If Kyle Seager has two outstanding seasons with the Mariners ready to make a spot in the playoffs he might still be on the team in 2022.
The Mariners could decline his 2022 option or accept it. The two reasons they accept the option is that they feel the team is ready to make a run or they have already made the playoffs or another team is willing to trade for him. The team he goes to could pick him up after the option is declined with Kyle Seager being a free agent or trade for him to be sure that they have him on the team that season.
Seager’s best season was 2016 when he hit .278 with 30 home runs and drove in 99 runs. His batting average along with home runs and RBI has gone down since though he should be in the prime of his career.
If major league baseball does have a season this year Seager is 32 years old so that means that he will be 34 years old after the 2022 season so for him to get another contract he will want to perform at the level he had in 2016 or higher. We wish Kyle the best because it means the Mariners should do well at the same time.
Enjoy your time off from baseball and get ready when the season begins which we hope happens sometime this year. Go M’s.