It’s shaping up as a very Happy Thanksgiving for Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.
Reports indicate Seager has agreed to a seven-year deal for $100 million that includes an option for an eighth year that could boost the value by another $20 million.
The Mariners declined comment on the report, which came initially from Yahoo Sports. The News Tribune subsequently confirmed that a deal is in place pending a physical examination.
Seager, 27, is coming off a breakthrough season in which he was selected to the All-Star team for the first time in his four-year career. He also won a Gold Glove for defensive excellence at third base.
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The deal followed reports that free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval reached agreement with Boston on a five-year contract for roughly $100 million.
Seager was already in line for a major pay hike this off-season by gaining eligibility for arbitration for the first time in his career. He made $540,100 in 2014.
The Mariners selected Seager in the third round of the 2009 draft as a second baseman from North Carolina. He converted to third base in the minors and reached the big leagues in 2011.
Seager was picked as the Mariners’ player of the year in 2012 and 2013 but had his best year in 2014, when he set career highs by batting .268 and leading the club with 25 homers and 96 RBIs.