Ex-NFL player urges Yankees to swing for Texas Rangers’ infielder

Texas Rangers' infielder Seagers could be on the radar of the Yankees
Amanda Paula
Tuesday October 31, 2023

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The New York Yankees have been missing out on significant free-agent signings in recent years, and one prime example is Texas Rangers infielder Corey Seager. Seager has been a standout player in the 2023 MLB Postseason, hitting five home runs and amassing 10 RBIs. His performance has raised questions about what might have been if the Yankees had pursued him prior to the 2022 season.

Former Jets player recommends Yankees sign Texas Rangers’ infielder

Former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason recently expressed his wonder about the Yankees’ decision not to pursue Seager. He mused on WFAN’s “Boomer & Gio” show, suggesting that Corey Seager is the type of player who could have made a significant impact on the Yankees’ success.

“That Corey Seager is a player, man. That’s a winning player. That’s a guy that if you had to do it all over again, do you think the Yankees should have gone after him?”, Esiason said on WFAN’s “Boomer & Gio,” via Audacy.

Esiason pointed to Seager’s impressive track record in the playoffs, particularly his instrumental role in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2020 World Series victory. During that postseason, Seager maintained a stellar batting average of .328 and boasted a remarkable 1.171 OPS. He contributed eight home runs and 20 RBIs, earning both NLCS and World Series MVP honors. His playoff performance indicated that he possesses the qualities of a winning player.

Esiason went a step further, drawing comparisons between Seager and Yankees legend Derek Jeter, despite Seager starting his career with the Dodgers. He emphasized Seager’s excellence as a ballplayer and highlighted his ability to influence the outcome of games, making him a truly remarkable and winning player.

What’s the Seager’s number in 2023?

In the current postseason, Seager has continued to shine, maintaining a batting average of .298, an OBP of .444, and a slugging percentage of .649. Two of his five home runs and four RBIs have come during the World Series, where the Rangers currently hold a 2-1 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Seager’s postseason success further underscores the impact he could have had on the Yankees’ lineup.

Seager became a free agent after the 2021 season and made a substantial move by signing a 10-year, $325 million contract with the Texas Rangers. This contract ranks as the second-largest ever given to a shortstop in MLB history, with the top spot held by the New York Mets’ Francisco Lindor and his 10-year, $341 million deal. Corey Seager’s decision to join the Rangers and the subsequent success he has enjoyed in the postseason has undoubtedly left Yankees fans wondering about what might have been if he had donned the pinstripes instead.

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