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Corey Seager is perfect fit as Yankees' primary free agent target

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It is well-documented by now that the Yankees need better offensive production from their lineup. Some of it can be due to lack of righthy/lefty balance, as in their prime years, their lineups were more balanced with righties/lefties (switch) hitters. As long as the lineup produces, I have no problem with an all-righty or all-lefty lineup. However that wasn't the case this year, as a lot of Yankees players had down years. There was a great article here on PSA by Jon Rimmer about whether or not they need more left-handed hitters. In short, we need left-handed hitters if they hit right-handed pitching.

Usually, I try to find a diamond in the rough, but this time I'm Captain Obvious because the fit is so perfect: Corey Seager. He is a former 2012 first-round pick by the Dodgers and turns 28 in April. He plays shortstop and hits from the left side. He doesn't seem like someone who will be a distraction on or off the field for the team.(If someone has stories telling otherwise, I'm all ears and point taken.) The Yankees seem to be on the lookout for players with a clean record, notwithstanding their decision to roster Aroldis Chapman and Domingo Germán. Moreover, Seager could be moved off the position when one of their elite prospects is ready to play shortstop in the majors. The numbers suggests that he moves better in and back, than to the left and the right. So a move to third base would be better-suited in my opinion.

There is more to it than just hitting from the left side and playing shortstop. This could be the best free agent class of shortstops for quite some time, so it is time to pounce for the Yankees on this opportunity. But who do you pick?

My pick is obviously Seager, but how does he stack up against the other top free agent shortstops?

WAR

Name

fWAR career

fWAR 2021

rWAR career

rWAR 2021

Corey Seager

23.7

3.7

21.3

3.7

Carlos Correa

25.1

5.8

34.1

7.2

Marcus Semien

25.2

6.6

28.7

7.3

Trevor Story

21.6

3.5

26.7

4.2

Javier Báez

17.5

3.6

23.4

4.5

Offense

Name

wRC+ career

wRC+ 2021

OPS+ career

OPS+ 2021

Postseason slash

Postseason wRC+ & WPA

Corey Seager

132

147

131

145

.236/.318/.459

108 & -0.63

Carlos Correa

128

134

127

131

.272/.344/.505

130 & 2.7

Marcus Semien

109

131

110

133

.371/.450/.571

186 & 0.37

Trevor Story

112

100

112

103

.318/.318/.545

113 & -0.32

Javier Báez

103

116

104

117

.221/.250/.385

65 & 0.16

Defense

Name

DRS career

DRS 2021

UZR/150 career

UZR/150 career

OAA career

OAA 2021

Corey Seager

-5

0

1.6

-14.1

-24

-6

Carlos Correa

67

20

-2.8

3.1

28

12

Marcus Semien

6

1

-0.2

5.9

-26

-2

Trevor Story

69

9

2.8

3.1

16

-7

Javier Báez

46

3

2.5

-0.1

50

0

Baserunning

Name

BsR career

BsR 2021

Corey Seager

6.2

-1.9

Carlos Correa

6.9

-0.6

Marcus Semien

14

4

Trevor Story

21

6.4

Javier Báez

15.4

3

As shown by the tables, Seager's WAR numbers are impacted by his defense, as he is the weakest defender of the bunch. This enhances the plan of moving him off shortstop to third base in a couple years. However, he is the most consistent/best bat throughout the careers of all players listed, with Correa being a close second. So his bat fills the need for the lineup and his glove shouldn't block any of the prospects, who first need to prove that they are the real thing. Remember: They can also fall flat after reaching the majors (read: most recently Clint Frazier, Miguel Andújar, and if recent trends are any indication, Gleyber Torres).

As a Scott Boras client, Seager's asking price is sky-high and Boras has no problem taking his players late in the off-season to sign. There are of course exceptions, as Gerrit Cole signed "early" after a top offer by the Yankees.

So Seager would be the best free agent target for the Yankees to sign, as he checks plenty of boxes of needs for the Yankees, both in the short-term and the long-term.

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