The Seattle Mariners are expected to be major players in free agency; if they fall short, could they bring back Kyle Seager?
Based on the events at T-Mobile Park in Seattle this weekend, it appears that Kyle Seager has played his last game as a Mariner. However, a return to Seattle on a new free agent deal is not out of the question; according to Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish, Seager has not had any conversations with General Manager Jerry Dipoto about his future with the team.
The Mariners have plenty of salary cap room to spend big this offseason, and it’s expected they will pursue some big name free agent infielders such as Marcus Semien and Trevor Story. Semien, a power-hitting second baseman, seems like a perfect fit in Seattle, as he would provide a stabilizing presence in the middle of the batting order and would allow Abraham Toro to move back to his more natural position of third base.
If the Mariners aren’t able to bring in a top-tier infielder, though, and if Seager hasn’t signed elsewhere, it’s very possible he could return to Seattle. The Mariners need a left-handed power bat in the middle of the order as Jarred Kelenic continues to develop, so bringing back Seager on a one or two-year deal (while top prospect Noelvi Marte rises through the minor leagues) is an option the Mariners could, and should, consider.