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#15

3B

Kyle Seager

Kyle Duerr Seager

Height: 6"0"    Weight: 210

Bats/Throws: Left / Right

Born: 11/03/1987 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Offseason home: Salisbury, North Carolina

College: University of North Carolina

Family: Wife Julie, son Crue, daughter Remi Audrey

Acquired: Drafted 2009 (3rd round)

MLB Debut: 07/07/2011

Free Agent after: 2021 season

The elder statesman of the Mariners, Seager is likely playing his last season in the Pacific Northwest. Though consistently a top-notch defensive player, the 33-year-old veteran has often struggled to live up to his hefty contract when at bat. Last year's abbreviated season saw him post the second-best on-base percentage of his career and for a while there he was hitting for average as well; he went into a slump starting with the September 8th game that began a road trip in San Francisco and lasted the rest of the short campaign, batting just .154 during that stretch and dropping from a .283/.377/.507 line to his ultimate season line of .241/.355/.433. His platoon splits were quite severe in 2020—the left-handed batter managed to hit just .185/.280/.369 against lefties, which is weird since in 2019 they were nearly as stark the other direction (.285/.361/.585 vs LHP, .217/.301/.411 vs RHP in 2019). He was also a different hitter at home than on the road (.297/.424/.527 in Seattle, .209/.314/.380 elsewhere). Over his career, neither of those splits are significant, but they've been trending wide for a couple of years. Should the lefty-righty disparity from last season continue, it would provide a reason to give righty-batting Ty France more starts at third base and let Kyle take the day off against the southpaws, but that'll have to sort itself out as the season progresses.

Given his inconsistent production, it's arguable that the only reason Seager is still a Mariner is because he negotiated a clause in his contract that turns a team option for 2022—which the M's are unlikely to exercise regardless of how this year plays out—into a player option, making it a tough pill to swallow for any potential trade partner. When asked if he thought he'd be playing elsewhere if not for that clause, Seager good-humoredly said, “Well, I mean, they’ve traded everybody, so obviously.”

TH, 3/17/21