Kyle Seager Departure From Seattle Mariners 

With tears in his eyes, departing Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager acknowledges fans after the M’s lost to the Angels on Sunday in Seattle. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Third baseman, Kyle Seager has departed from the Mariners Organization after 11 seasons. Kyle received word from assistant manager Justin Hollander they would not be extending his contract into 2022. Manager Jerry Dipoto tried reaching Kyle Seager by phone, but no response. Jerry Dipoto informed Kyles representative, Andrew Lowenthal of the move, Kyle Seager depature leaves the Mariners owing him $2 million.

A meeting was conducted during spring training after a video went viral from former president Kevin Mather.The video included comments that Seager was overpaid; 2021 would be his last season in Seattle. Seager attended the meeting that consisted of Dipoto, Hollander, and Mariners chairman John Stanton. Signs showed they were ready to move on from Seager. Signs were clear during spring training that they were ready to move on to other options after the 2021 season. Planning to rebuild with younger talent Dipoto accumulated. Also, money for the option year is problematic.

His Career With The Mariners 

What a ride for Kyle Seager with the Seattle Mariners. He had an exceptional career with the Seattle Mariners. He played third base. Kyle’s stats consisted of 29 doubles, a triple, 35 home runs, 101 runs batted in, 59 walks, and 161 strikeouts. In the 2021 sesason, he played in 159 games. His batting average fell to a career low. However, he had career-high totals in homeruns and runs battted in. He was in the running for the American League Silver Slugger award at third base. Seager had an emotional season finale. When Kyle Seager was taken off the field in the ninth inning, emotions ran high, as fans in the stands chanted his name as he said his final goodbyes.

In 2009, Kyle Seager was hand-picked in round three of the draft from the Univeristy of North Carolina. Expected to be autility/bench player, he made his MLB start on July 7, 2011. In 2012, third base became his job. He was an All-Star and a Gold Glove winner in 2014. Before the 2014 season began, he signed a seven year deal worth $100 million, extending his career. He played in 10 1/2 seasons with the Mariners. His total games played were 1,480. He had 309 total doubles, 14 total triples, 242 total home runs, and 807 total runs batted in. Having nine seasons with 20 home runs, he ties with Ken Griffey Jr. with the most in the history of the franchise.

Kyle Seager Next Team

Now a free agent, where does Kyle go next in his baseball career? Joining a playoff contender who needs a veteran leader, and a third baseman is his wish. Time will tell where he goes. It will be interesting to find out.

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