Finally, there’s Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners. Definitely my least favorite choice of the three, he has appeared in some recent Mets trade rumors. So, it’s worth adding him here.
Seager once looked like a rising star in baseball. However, he has never really taken that next step needed. He has consistently hit 20-30 home runs from 2012-2019 and given Seattle a batting average ranging anywhere from .221 up to .278. Lifetime, he’s a .256 hitter which is about what I would expect from him in any given season.
However, the last four years haven’t been so kind. Seager’s high in those seasons has been an average of .249. His power is still present but his ability to reach base and hit the ball seems to have faded.
A one-time Gold Glove winner with better fielding abilities than Bryant, Seager is the oldest of the bunch and probably the easiest to acquire. Seager is signed through 2021 with a team option for 2022. At $18.5 million and then $15 million in his final year, he’s not going to do much damage to the payroll.
However, he’s not really a great fit for the already left-handed heavy Mets lineup. If the club is moving from Davis to Seager, they aren’t really upgrading all that much. They are essentially trading in a younger player for an older one with similar abilities—maybe just a little better glove.
Which third baseman makes the most sense for the Mets?
Among these three appearing in offseason Mets trade rumors, there’s a clear winner. Arenado makes the most sense in New York. His defense alone makes my mouth water.
All three of these third basemen have the potential to leave at the same time so I don’t really worry much about Arenado’s opt-out. In the current financial climate Major League Baseball is in, it’s possible Arenado doesn’t opt-out even if he puts together a terrific year.
Although I think Arenado could cost the Mets the most in any potential trade, he’d be worth it far more than these other two options.
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