Former Clinton LumberKings infielder Kyle Seager reportedly has agreed to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with the Seattle Mariners. The deal, which reportedly includes a club option for an eighth season (2022), buys out the third baseman’s three arbitration years and his first four years of eligibility to be a free agent (five if the option is exercised).
The 27-year-old batted .268 with 25 HR and 96 RBI in 159 games this year. He won his first Gold Glove award and was an MLB All-Star for the first time.
Seager made his major-league debut with the Mariners in 2011, two years after he batted .275 with 1 HR and 22 RBI in 41 games with the 2009 LumberKings.
Both of Seager’s brothers also played in the Midwest League. Corey Seager batted .309 with 12 HR and 57 RBI in 74 games with the 2013 Great Lakes Loons. Justin Seager batted .240 with 3 HR and 37 RBI in 110 games with the 2014 LumberKings.
Recent trades involving ex-MWLers
Several trades this past week involved former Midwest League players.
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded RHP Charles Brewer to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. He went 4-5 with a 1.83 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 69 IP for the 2010 South Bend Silver Hawks.
The Diamondbacks also traded RHP Mike Bolsinger, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations. He went 6-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 101.2 IP for the 2011 Silver Hawks.
The Dodgers added another former Midwest League pitcher via trade, getting RHP Joel Peralta (along with LHP Adam Liberatore) from the Tampa Bay Rays. In 82 relief appearances for the 2001-02 Cedar Rapids Kernels, Peralta went 5-0 with a 1.51 ERA, 44 saves and 106 strikeouts in 89.2 IP.
In return for Peralta and Liberatore, the Rays received a pair of former Great Lakes Loons, right-handed pitchers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. Dominguez went 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA, four saves and 78 strikeouts in 72 IP for the 2012 Loons. Harris, son of former major-league pitcher Greg A. Harris, went 7-6 with a 4.45 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 87 IP for the 2014 Loons.
The St. Louis Cardinals traded RHP Sam Gaviglio to the Mariners for prospect Ty Kelly. Gaviglio went 9-9 with a 3.92 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 133 IP for the 2012 Quad Cities River Bandits.
The Los Angeles Angels acquired OF Daniel Robertson from the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash. He batted .296 with 5 HR, 65 RBI and 20 SB in 121 games with the 2009 Fort Wayne TinCaps. (He is not Oakland Athletics prospect Daniel Robertson, who batted .277 with 9 HR and 46 RBI in 101 games with the 2013 Beloit Snappers.)