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December 2, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Mariners make it official: Kyle Seager signs a 7-year contract to stay with Seattle

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The Mariners have made it official, announcing that Kyle Seager has signed a 7-year contract with an option for an eighth year. The team does not give out the monetary details of the contract. But a source confired, the total contract is worth $100 million dollars with the potential to reach $120 million based on the option year.

Per Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors and other sources, the contract breaks down like this:

  • 2015: $4 million ($3.5 million bonus)
  • 2016: $7.5 million
  • 2017: $10.5 million
  • 2018: $18.5 million
  • 2019: $19 million
  • 2020: $19 million
  • 2021: $18 million
  • 2022: club option range of $15-20 million – based on performance factors.

Seager was in Seattle today to take an extensive physical, which he passed. The Mariners will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Safeco Field.

The two sides reached an agreement early last week. But Seager stayed with his family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday before coming to Seattle to finalize the deal.

“This is a great day for the Seattle Mariners, our fans and the Seager family. As one of our homegrown players it is nice to know that he will remain with us for at least seven more seasons,” said GM Jack Zduriencik in a statement. “Kyle has taken a step forward each season since joining the organization in 2009, and has turned into one of the premier third baseman in the game. He has exhibited class both on and off the field and is someone we are all extremely proud of. We are very pleased to announce this joint commitment by the Seattle Mariners and Kyle Seager as we strive toward our goal of winning a World Championship.”

The 27-year-old Seager is coming off his best season as a big leauger. He hit  .268 (158-for-590) with 27 doubles, 4 triples, 25 home runs and 96 RBI in 159 games. The homers and RBI were team highs to go with a team-high 56 extra base hits.  His performance earned him a spot on the American League all-star team and the AL Gold Glove award for third baseman.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity that the Seattle Mariners have given me,” said Seager in the release. “This is an amazing honor for me and my family to remain with such a great organization for the foreseeable future.”

Drafted in the third round of the 2009 draft, Seager wasn’t thought of as a “can’t-miss” or “big time” prospect. Many scouts projected his ceiling as a decent-hitting utility infielder. But he blew past such expectations, putting up prodigious hitting numbers in the minor leagues. He made his big league debut in 2011. When Chone Figgins fizzled as the Mariners’ third baseman, Seager stepped in and made position his own.

He became the every day third baseman in 2012. And over the last three seasons,  he’s hit .262 (472-for-1799) with 94 doubles, 67 home runs and 251 RBI and 168  extra base hits in 474 games.  The extra basehit and RBI totals are second most for any third baseman in baseball over that span. The homer totals are fourth highest.

Seager has been beyond durable as a big leaguer. He’s played in 520 of the last 540 Seattle games, which deates back to August 2, 2011. He played in 126 straight games this season.

He is the first Mariners player since Raul Ibañez (2005-2008) to hit 20 or more home runs in at least three consecutive seasons.

 

 

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