5 free agents the St. Louis Cardinals should pursue

Sep 25, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; A view of Busch Stadium team store entrance during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; A view of Busch Stadium team store entrance during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 24: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on prior to the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 24: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on prior to the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Corey Seager

Corey Seager is one heck of an athlete and would be a tremendous addition to the Cardinals.

The Cardinals do have their eye on improving the offense and upgrading their defense in the middle infield. Seager, 27, would be an excellent option.

In his seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seager is hitting .297/.367/.504 with an OPS of .807. A look at his spray chart on Baseball Savant in 2021 indicates Seager, a lefty, can hit the ball anywhere. In 2021, he’s hitting .306/.394/.521 with a .915 OPS.  He has a hard-hit percentage of 49. This season he has 108 hits, 16 home runs, 57 RBI, and one stolen base.

Fielding-wise, in 2021, he made 104 putouts, 202 assists, started 12 double plays, and turned nine. He’s helped with 20 double plays this season. The Cardinals are traditionally one of the better teams at turning the double play, so with a .975 fielding percentage, he would be a tremendous asset. Current shortstop Paul DeJong, however, participated in 47 double plays with a .980 fielding percentage.

Even with 19 home runs, DeJong had a down year at-bat. Seager would be a significant upgrade hitting-wise as DeJong hit .193/.390/.293. Whether the Cardinals would try to keep DeJong or trade him, the team does have something to consider with Seager as an option.