Sports Corey Seager contract details: Rangers lock up middle infield with former World Series MVP
Kreider scores SO winner, Rangers beat Devils 4-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Kreider scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout and the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 Sunday night. Kaapo Kaako had a goal and an assist, and Adam Fox and Alexis Lafreniere also scored to help the Rangers win their third straight and beat the Devils for the seventh straight time. Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves. Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist, and Dougie Hamilton also scored for New Jersey. Mackenzie Blackwood had 30 saves before leaving in the third period and entering concussion protocol. Jonathan Bernier made eight saves in relief of Blackwood.
The Rangers are going all out on the free agency market this offseason.
Texas has agreed to a deal with former Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, one of the most prominent free agents available. The Rangers will now feature a middle-infield duo of Seager and Marcus Semien after they signed the latter to a seven-year, $175 million contract on Sunday. In addition to the middle-infield pairing, Texas also signed right-hander Jon Gray to a four-year, $56 million contract.
Seager was instrumental for the Dodgers, winning World Series MVP in 2020 when the team finally won it all. He was one of the team's best hitters this season, slashing .306/.394/.521 with 16 home runs. In 636 career games with Los Angeles, he has a slash line of .297/.367/.521 with 104 homers.
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Here are the details on how much he'll be making in Texas:
Corey Seager contract details
Seager will receive $325 million in his 10-year deal.
Unlike some other megadeals in the past, there are no opt-outs in his contract: Barring a trade, Seager will remain in a Rangers uniform for the next 10 years,. In addition, Seager will also receive a $5 million signing bonus and a limited no-trade clause in his contract, .
Even without the opt-out for the 27-year-old Seager, having 10 years guaranteed through his age 37 season is plenty of time to earn big bucks. He'll average $32.5 million per year, well more than some of the other massive contracts handed out to free agents in the past.
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While it's a blow to the Dodgers not to be able to retain him, they were likely to have an uphill battle in matching that type of return. As former MLB executive and current Fangraphs writer Kevin Goldstein pointed out, the difference in state taxes between California and Texas already set the two sides up for a larger divide in what could be offered:
When you get into these giant numbers, state taxes, or the lack thereof, can make a big difference. The Dodgers could have offered $350m+ and it would still be less money in Seager's pockets.— Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein)
Largest free agent contracts
There have been some major contracts signed by players in free agency over the past couple years, but few can compare to Seager's deal.
Here are the largest free agent contracts signed in MLB history (does not include extensions).
Rangers stun Sabres with last-second goal to win 5-4
NEW YORK (AP) — Defenseman Ryan Lindgren barely beat the third-period buzzer to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night and extend their home winning streak to five games. Lindgren stunned Sabres netminder Aaron Dell by taking a pass from Mika Zibanejad and rifling the puck into the net for his second goal of the season at 19:59. Adam Fox had passed the puck to Zibanejad after it emerged from a scrum in the corner as the final seconds ticked away. Lindgren’s heroics came after the teams scored three goals each in a wild second period, including four goals in an 82-second span.
|Bryce Harper||Phillies||2019||13||$330 million|
|Corey Seager||Rangers||2022||10||$325 million|
|Gerrit Cole||Yankees||2020||9||$324 million|
|Manny Machado||Padres||2019||10||$300 million|
|Alex Rodriguez||Yankees||2008||10||$275 million|
|Alex Rodriguez||Rangers||2001||10||$252 million|
|Anthony Rendon||Angels||2020||7||$245 million|
|Stephen Strasburg||Nationals||2020||7||$245 million|
|Albert Pujols||Angels||2012||10||$240 million|
|Robinson Cano||Mariners||2014||10||$240 million|
Seager's deal is already the second-largest free agent contract in total value in MLB history. Among shortstops, he's getting paid right up among the biggest names. The Mets extended Francisco Lindor on a 10-year, $341 million contract, while the Padres locked up Fernando Tatis Jr. longterm with a 14-year, $340 million extension.
Corey Seager career earnings
This is the first big deal of Seager's career. He has previously received his money through arbitration with the Dodgers, with his largest year having come last season: He was paid $13.7 million,. All told, Seager has made $24.69 million in his career, per Spotrac.
This isn't the first big deal in his family, however. His brother, Kyle Seager, signed a seven-year, $100 million extension with the Mariners back in 2014. According to ESPN Stats & Info, they are the first two brothers to both sign on to separate $100 million deals.
The Rangers are the first team to commit half a billion dollars on two or fewer players in a single offseason.
The Seagers also become the first brothers to sign $100M deals in their MLB careers.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo)
Strome scores as Rangers beat Sharks 1-0; Shesterkin hurt .
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Strome scored in the first period, and Igor Shesterkin and Alexander Georgiev combined for a 28-save shutout as the New York Rangers beat the San Jose Sharks 1-0 Friday night for their fifth straight win. Shesterkin had 19 saves before leaving at 5:08 of the third period after appearing to suffer a right leg injury stretching out face-down in the crease. The Russian goalie wasn't putting any weight on the leg as he was helped off the ice by the Rangers' trainer and banged the side of the runway in frustration as he departed down the tunnel. “They are telling me it’s not as bad as it looks ... minor lower-body,″ Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said.