The Texas Rangers have done their homework during the 2021-22 offseason.
They signed shortstops Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to mammoth multi-year contracts, and have also brought in outfielder Kole Calhoun, pitchers Jon Gray and Martin Perez, third baseman Brad Miller, and catcher Mitch Garver.
Part of their offseason plan, especially after signing Seager, was to try and lure a player out of retirement.
Yes, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Rangers tried to convince Kyle Seager, Corey’s big brother, to reconsider retirement and play for them in 2022.
“The Rangers inquired whether Kyle Seager wanted to reverse his retirement and team with his brother Corey on the left side of their infield. Kyle, who hit 35 home runs last season and is only 34, declined, saying he was happily doing chores at home. Would have been very cool!,” Heyman tweeted.
The Rangers inquired whether Kyle Seager wanted to reverse his retirement and team with his brother Corey on the left side of their infield. Kyle, who hit 35 home runs last season and is only 34, declined, saying he was happily doing chores at home. Would have been very cool!
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 17, 2022
It Would Have Been Cool To See The Seager Brothers On The Same Team
It would have been cool, indeed, to watch the two brother defend the Rangers’ infield and hit dingers.
The Rangers actually needed a third baseman ever since Josh Jung got injured.
But Seager said no, and the team went out and signed Miller instead to hold down the fort at the hot corner.
The bigger Seager hit 35 home runs and drove in 101 runs last year with the Seattle Mariners, both career-highs.
Digging deeper, however, we see that his performance wasn’t all that impressive.
He slashed .212/.285/.438 and his OPS was an underwhelming .723, his lowest mark since 2018.
It’s likely that, once the Mariners declined his team option, he didn’t want to relocate or play with another franchise.
It didn’t work out, but the Seager-Seager shortstop-third base combination could have been a lot of fun.NEXT: Rangers Add A Veteran Pitcher As Free Agency Heats Up