Mariners, Seager on the verge of $100 million extension
The Mariners are reportedly close to signing third baseman Kyle Seager to a seven-year, $100 million extension, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.
Seager is coming off another impressive year in 2014 when he posted a .268/.334/.454 batting line to go along with 25 home runs and 96 RBI over 159 games. Along with reaching the 20-homer plateau for the third straight season, Seager also had a stellar year defensively en route to winning his first Gold Glove Award.
Seager, who just turned 27 years old earlier this month, would have been arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. Instead, he is now under team control through at least 2021 and the deal reportedly also carries a club option for 2022. Passan reports that the option for an eighth season could be worth as much as $20 million, depending on performance-based incentives.
Though a bit under the radar, Seager has been steadily emerging as one of the top all-around third basemen in the Majors over the past few seasons. With this reported extension, the Mariners would have now dedicated two nine-figure contracts to infielders in as many offseasons. Seattle, of course, inked second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million deal last winter.
— Paul Casella