Three Mariners Players the LA Angels Should Deal For
By Zack Edwards
Kyle Seager is the older but less famous brother of Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. Kyle is a very solid baseball player in his own right. The left-handed hitting third basemen slashed .221/.273/.400 in 2018 which would have made him the seventh most productive bat in the lineup last season.
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Third base is a position that has been weak for the Angels since Troy Glaus left Anaheim after the 2004 season. Due to a season-ending shoulder injury for Zack Cozart last season, third base was a platoon position for the Halos with the belated Luis Valbuena taking the majority of the starts. That platoon produced one of the worst seasons at the position since the 2010 season when Brandon Wood got the majority of the starts with his -1.51 WAR.
Third base also is surrounded with uncertainty going into 2019. Cozart did not impress in his limited time and Taylor Ward seemed overpowered in his short debut stint.
While Seager was not his usual offensive self in 2019, he would still be a welcome upgrade to the Angels (unless you ask Jered Weaver). Seager had a .222 batting average partnered with a career-low .400 slugging percentage. That is two straight years his offensive stats have gone down, but Seager might be the kind of player who just needs a change of scenery.
Seager is coming off a slightly down year by his normal standards, so this might be an opportunity for the Angels to buy low. If Eppler and Ausmus have any doubts about Cozart’s ability to rebound in 2019, Seager might bring some stability with his bat and his glove.