Kyle Seager is going to be wearing a Mariners’ uniform for quite some time. And he will be paid handsomely to do so.
A baseball source with knowledge of the situation confirmed reports that the Mariners and their all-star third baseman have agreed to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension. The contract also features a club option for an eighth year.
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan first reported the news early this morning.
The Mariners have no comment at this time. Seager still must pass a physical to make things official. But with the Thanksgiving holiday this week, Seager won’t likely come to Seattle until the following week to make things official.
Seager, 27, hit .268 with 27 doubles, four triples, 25 homers and 96 RBI this season and posting a .788 OPS. He was named to the American League all-star team and also won the Gold Glove award as the top fielding third baseman in the AL.
It was his third straight season of improvement at the big league level. The Mariners selected Seager in the third round of the 2009 MLB draft out of the University of North Carolina. While some scouts believed he might not be nothing more than a nice utility player at the next level, Seager surpassed those expectations. He made his big league debut in 2011 and took over as the every day third baseman in 2012. He’s improved each season and has been one of the Mariners’ most consistent producers at the plate.
He’s been the best position players the organization has drafted and developed since Alex Rodriguez. But unlike Rodriguez, he won’t be going elsewhere during his prime.
With Seager in his first year of arbitration eligibility this season and a pay raise of approximately $5 million projected for this season, the Mariners wanted to lock Seager up to an extension and buy out some of his free agency this offseason.
It was an offseason priority for general manager Jack Zduriencik. The Mariners and Seager’s representatives – Jet Sports Management – had a few cursory meetings near the end of the 2014 season, but went into serious talks a month after the season. Those talks broke down briefly. But they picked back up and were finalized. Seattle will now go into the winter meetings on Dec. 5 with a Seager deal finished.