Before returning from injury in the middle of this season, Kyle Seager had been trending in the wrong direction since signing a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Mariners.
Last year was the worst of his career. The third baseman batted .221 and posted a career-low .273 on-base percentage.
On Tuesday, though, Seager’s resurgent 2019 continued with a three-home run game against the Tigers. His third blast got some help from opposing outfielders Niko Goodrum and Brandon Dixon, whose collision sent the ball flying over the fence.
The six-RBI performance moved Seager up to 14 home runs and 34 RBIs in 64 games. He’s now batting .237 but has returned his on-base percentage to above .300.
Seager probably won’t hit a more fortunate homer again in his career – it’s not often outfielders assist long balls – but his larger body of work lately can provide confidence for himself and his organization.
While the $38 million still owed to him by Seattle remains a burden for the franchise, it at least appears the 31-year-old could provide some slightly above average production through 2021. And with most other clubhouse veterans already shipped away to support a rebuild, Seager will be around to mentor a new crop of players.
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