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Corey Seager seen as second-best free agent available

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The Dodgers’ shortstop is one of the top prizes this offseason

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The Dodgers have a number of talented players entering free agency this offseason. You can make the case they have the best group of free agents when taking into account Corey Seager, Max Scherzer, Chris Taylor and Kenley Jansen.

Keith Law from The Athletic ranked the top 50 free agents this offseason. To no surprise, a lot of Dodgers were represented. They had five players ranked in the Top 35, the most of any other team.

Seager was the highest ranked free agent, coming in at No. 2 behind Carlos Correa.

Seager won the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year award at age 22, finishing third in the NL MVP race that year, but his career since then has mostly been marked by injuries and injury-related underperformance. Since the start of the shortened 2020 season, however, he has played like the superstar he was supposed to become: .306/.381/.545 over 147 games with 31 homers, despite missing two months this past season with a broken bone in his right hand. He has hit the ball harder than ever before in the last two seasons, and a higher percentage of his balls in play have been Barrels as well. He has a modest platoon split, nowhere near what you’d expect from a typical left-handed batter, and while southpaws can still get him with breaking stuff, he does enough damage when he does connect on them that it’s a solid tradeoff. He’s a below-average defender at shortstop and always has been, so any projection going forward should assume he’s going to move to another position — likely third base, where I think he’ll be at least an above-average glove. He has to stay healthy to fulfill these projections, but he has MVP upside as much as Correa does, just with more uncertainty due to his position and an even longer history of injuries.

Other Dodgers players ranked in the top 50 include Scherzer (No. 10), Taylor (No. 12), Kershaw (No. 22), Jansen (No. 35).

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