2. Corey Seager is returning
Corey Seager is a better shortstop.
Machado might have the arm strength and power to make the case over Seager but Seager is an all-around asset that is a lot better defensively than most think and is one of the best hitters in the game. Seager has legitimate MVP potential and will return in a big way in 2019.
The 2018 World Series showcased how important Seager’s bat was to this Dodgers lineup and why Machado’s bat could not even make up for the impact Seager had. While Machado does hit for power and is a low .300 hitter, he provides a totally different outlook.
Seager is the perfect hitter to hit second in today’s MLB and can really do it all for the Dodgers. With the leadoff runner on, Seager can shorten up and slap the ball to the outfield. With no runner on, he can turn into a power hitter and grind out at-bats and get on base for Justin Turner behind him.
The two complement each other so nicely and Seager does not have the same strikeout or home run swing as the rest of the Dodgers. Seager and Turner are the cogs that get on base and get the offense rolling. Without one of those cogs, the Dodgers had to rely more on the long ball and it hurt them down the stretch.
A fully healthy Seager will return and should hit around .320 and everyone will remember how good Corey Seager really is.