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Rangers agree to terms with free agent shortstop Corey Seager on ten-year contract covering 2022 through 2031 seasons

The two-time All-Star and 2016 National League Rookie of the Year was selected as the NLCS and World Series Most Valuable Player in Dodgers’ 2020 championship at Globe Life Field

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has agreed to terms with free agent shortstop Corey Seager (#5) on a ten-year contract covering the 2022 through 2031 seasons.

The 27-year-old Seager produced a slash line of .306/.394/.521/.915 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI over 95 games in the 2021 season, his final year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He missed over two months last season from May 16-July 29 after suffering a fractured right hand when he was hit by a pitch from the Marlins’ Ross Detwiler on May 15 vs. Miami. Despite the missed time, Seager ranked in the National League’s top seven in batting average (5th), on-base percentage (4th), and OPS (7th) among players with at least 400 plate appearances. His .915 OPS in 2021 set a Dodgers single-season record for a shortstop (min. 400 PA). He batted .385 (40-104) with a 1.174 OPS figure over his final 29 games beginning September 1, aiding the Dodgers’ push for a division title.

Seager has generated a career .297/.367/.504/.870 slash line with 104 home runs and 364 RBI in 636 Major League games, all with the Los Angeles Dodgers since being selected in the first round (18th overall) of the 2012 MLB draft. The .297 batting average ranks 11th among active players with at least 2500 plate appearances, and he also sits among that group in OPS (16th), slugging (18th), and on-base percentage (19th). His career 132 Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) figure is the highest among Major League shortstops since the start of 2015 and ranks 9th in the National League over that same span (min. 2500 PA). According to Stathead, Seager is one of just 11 National League players since 2016 to produce at least four seasons with an OPS+ of 112-or-better (minimum 400 PA’s in a season).

Seager has been a part of postseason clubs in each of his first seven Major League campaigns, although he did not play in the 2018 playoffs after having elbow surgery that year. He batted .328/.425/.746/1.171 (22-67) with 8 home runs and 20 RBI over 18 games in the 2020 postseason, winning MVP honors for both the National League Championship Series and World Series. He is one of just eight players in MLB history to be named MVP of both an LCS and World Series in the same postseason.

Of the 18 postseason games in the Dodgers’ 2020 World Series championship run, 16 of the contests took place at Globe Life Field. Seager is a career .356/.442/.753/1.195 (26-73) hitter with 8 home runs and 22 RBI over 19 games in the regular season and postseason at Globe Life Field. His 8 home runs at the park remain tied for third-most by any player in the facility’s brief history (20-Joey Gallo, 19-Adolis García, 8-Nathaniel Lowe/Corey Seager).

Seager was selected as a National League All-Star in both 2016 and 2017, winning the Silver Slugger Award at shortstop in both seasons, and he was a unanimous selection as the 2016 N.L. Rookie of the Year. He has a career .319 (175-548) batting average with runners in scoring position, 10th-best among all Major League players since the start of 2015 (min. 400 PA’s). Seager’s .870 career OPS figure is the third-best for any primary shortstop in MLB history (min. 2500 PA’s), trailing only Alex Rodriguez (.930) and Nomar Garciaparra (.882).

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