It’s official: Seager signed to 7-year extension
Calling it “a great day for the Seattle Mariners,” general manager Jack Zduriencik officially announced Kyle Seager’s seven-year contract extension on Tuesday and confirmed there is a club option for an eighth season that could take the deal through 2022.
Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the seven-year pact will pay Seager $100 million, as was reported when news of the agreement leaked out last week.
According to MLBtraderumors.com, Seager will earn $4 million this coming season, $7.5 million in 2016 and $10.5 million in 2017, $18.5 million in 2018, $19 million in 2019 and 2020 and $18 million in 2021. The option year would be for $15-20 million, depending on performance levels.
The contract also includes a $3.5 million signing bonus, bringing the seven-year total to $100 million, with potential of up to $120 million with the option year.
Seager had to fly to Seattle and complete a physical exam and sign off on the paperwork before Tuesday’s confirmation, which came in a statement from the club. A press conference with Seager will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. PT at Safeco Field and streamed live on Mariners.com and MLB.com.
Seager earned his first American League All-Star selection and Rawlings Gold Glove this past season while hitting .268 with 27 doubles, four triples and a team-leading 25 home runs and 96 RBIs in 159 games.
The 27-year-old would have been eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter, but instead agreed to the seven-year deal that buys out his three years of arbitration as well as the first four years of free agency.
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity that the Seattle Mariners have given me,” Seager said in the statement. “This is an amazing honor for me and my family to remain with such a great organization for the foreseeable future.”
Seager joins Mike Trout, Freddie Freeman and Buster Posey as the only players to sign a $100 million deal in their first season of arbitration eligibility. The Mariners view him as a cornerstone of the young nucleus of players that helped Seattle to a 16-win improvement in 2014 and just miss an AL Wild Card berth with an 87-75 record.
“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 Zduriencik. “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.”
Seager became the first Mariners player since Raul Ibañez in 2005-2008 to record 20 or more home runs in at least three consecutive seasons. The North Carolina native hit 20 homers in 2012, 22 in 2013 and 25 last season. He joins Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Presley as the only Mariners with 20 or more homers in three of the first four seasons of a career.
In his three full Major League seasons, Seager has averaged 31 doubles, 22 home runs and 84 RBIs and hit .262 in 474 games. His 168 extra-base hits and 251 RBIs rank second among AL third basemen and his 67 home runs are tied for fourth-most over the last three years.
Seager has proven durable as well, appearing in 520 of the Mariners last 540 games since Aug 2, 2011. He rose quickly through the Mariners system after being drafted in the third round in 2009 out of the University of North Carolina, making his Major League debut on July 7, 2011 and quickly establishing himself as a key part of the club’s future.
That future now extends at least through 2021, when Seager will be 33.