Corey Seager Is Recruiting Clayton Kershaw To The Rangers, But There's A Catch

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Ernesto Cova

The Texas Rangers made the biggest splash in the Major League Baseball offseason.

In the same week that Max Scherzer got $130 million for 3 years of service, the Rangers still managed to steal all the headlines, committing half a billion dollars to sign both Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.

The Rangers finished the 2021 season with the third-worst record in the Majors, winning just 60 out of 162 games.

Now, it seems like they're ready to challenge the Houston Astros for the top of the AL West.

He's Excited To Play With Marcus Semien

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The Rangers quickly went from bottom-feeders to having one of the best middle infields in the Majors.

Needless to say, playing side by side with Marcus Semien is an exciting prospect for Seager:

“How can you not be excited about that?” Seager said, per MLB.com. “Not only the elite player, but he’s an elite person who carries himself well. He's a great teammate. There's not a bad word that you can say about Marcus. To be able to learn from somebody who's that talented and to take little things that he does in this game that I might not and be able to bounce off each other and to be up the middle here for a long time, it’s all very exciting.”

Seager Admits He's Recruiting Kershaw

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Seager also showed his excitement to be reunited with Chris Woodward, who was the Dodgers' third-base coach during his Rookie of the Year campaign.

But that may not be the only reunion he's looking forward to. In a recent interview with Jonah Javad of WFAA, he confirmed that he's had some talks with Texas-native Clayton Kershaw:

"Have you reached out to Clayton Kershaw and said 'Hey buddy, it's time to come home'?" Javad asked.

"I've had some talks with Kersh for sure," the shortstop replied.

It's worth noting that Kershaw didn't get a Qualifying Offer and is a free agent.

It's clear that the Rangers are for real this season and will spare no expenses to be competitive, so they might as well reach out to the leftie.

Kershaw May Retire

The thing is that Kershaw wasn't nearly as good as he usually is last season.

He finished with a 10-8 record and a 3.55 ERA, the second-highest of his career.

On top of that, he admitted before the start of last season that he considered retirement shortly after winning the World Series:

"I don't know. Honestly, I wish I had an answer," Kershaw told Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times. “I wasn’t as enthused to get back going again [in ’21], which is a good thing. It’s a great problem to have. I think every offseason in the past it’s been, ‘I just want to get this done. I just want to do it, do it, do it.’ And there’s this passion and it just constantly builds and builds and builds. And now the pressure is just because we have a great team and we’re supposed to win. That’s awesome."

So, coming off an injury-riddled season and as a free agent, retirement could once again be an option for the legendary southpaw.

The Dodgers Need Help On The Mound

Even if Kershaw doesn't retire and signs another deal with the team, and even if he's somewhere close to his usual self; the Dodgers still need another reliable arm on the mound.

Dustin May is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, Max Scherzer signed a massive deal with the Mets, and David Price was a shell of himself last season and will likely be just a long reliever next year.

Also, Trevor Bauer's situation isn't likely to go away any time soon and he's expected to be suspended even if the charges against him are dropped.

Dave Roberts has two top-notch starters in Walker Buehler and Julio Urías and Tony Gonssolin was impressive during the final stretch of the season. Then again, that may not be enough in the NL West.

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