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Friday, December 10, 2021

Blue Jays Pursued Corey Seager Prior To His Deal With Rangers

Corey Seager’s 10-year, $325MM deal with the Rangers prior to the MLB lockout shocked baseball — both because it was the Rangers winning the bidding and because Texas had already signed Marcus Semien for a surprising seven years and $175MM. As one would expect with any bidding war that reaches a decade and more than $300MM, Texas had some competition as they sought to lure Seager to Arlington. However, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports this morning that a perhaps-unexpected suitor was one of the primary competitors in that Seager market: the Blue Jays.

The Dodgers also had strong interest in re-signing Seager, per Passan, though that much was largely known to this point. Toronto’s involvement in the process, however, is a newer revelation. The Jays were known to be attempting to re-sign Semien, but Seager’s contract was in an entirely different financial stratosphere. Ultimately, Toronto simply wasn’t willing to match Texas’ 10-year, $325MM terms, but Passan suggests that the team was “very much” in on Seager prior to his deal with Texas.

That’s of some anecdotal note and makes for a fine “what-if” moment for Jays fans down the line, but it’s also informative of the team’s current mindset and simultaneously instructive of how the Jays will be able to operate post-transaction freeze.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2021 at 04:47 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: December 11, 2021 at 11:42 AM (#6056999)
Clearly the Jays have money to spend - rumors are they were deep into it for Cole (settled for Ryu) in 2019/20, Lindor (settled for Semien) last winter, and now Seager (who do they get instead?). One could argue they spent on Springer instead of Lindor last winter but I see it as more a Lindor or Semien decision (can't see the Jays signing both).

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