He's not widely considered a superstar player, but Kyle Seager is as solidly productive as they come. You can't blame the Seattle Mariners for wanting to keep a player like that around for a long time. That's why the club has just signed him to a long-term deal despite Seager's three years of arbitration eligibility remaining.
Seager deal is 7/$100M and includes 8th-year club option for up to $20M with escalators. Contract will be official once he passes physical.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 24, 2014
Last season, Seager was fourth in the majors in third baseman fWAR behind only Anthony Rendon, Josh Donaldson, and Adrian Beltre. During the past three years, the 27-year-old has hit at least 20 home runs and played in at least 155 games in each campaign while boosting his wRC+ from 108 to 115 to 126.
If Seager continues to hit like he has through his age 30 season, the Mariners will get his next four years at a bargain with an average annual cost of $14 million. Even considering the length of the deal, it's still much more team-friendly than the one the Mets signed with David Wright back in 2012. That's the advantage in signing a player long-term while he's still stuck in arbitration.