Whoa: Corey Seager and Marcus Semien Might Sign BEFORE December?

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Whoa: Corey Seager and Marcus Semien Might Sign BEFORE December?

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A pretty shocking report this morning from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, who had otherwise been noticeably quiet this week at the GM Meetings. I knew he must’ve been doing some deep digging, and sure enough he was. And what he found was pretty shocking.

A couple of the biggest names on the market – and perhaps others, if this logic follows – may sign BEFORE there is a possible lockout. That means they’d be signing really soon:

To be sure, we expected there to be a lot of this kind of dialogue before a lockout begins at midnight on December 1, but the expectation was that it would involve shorter-term, lower-tier, less-costly-type players who would have more reason to be concerned that a post-lockout frenzy could leave them in a crummy situation. But the stars? The guys who are gonna get monster contracts? I just didn’t expect that there would be enough teams ready to commit pre-lockout for those markets to develop. So, yeah, if a guy like Seager or Semien signed in November, I was gonna be shocked.

Against that backdrop, as Passan and some sources concede, this could just be a tactic (both players are represented by Scott Boras) to try to get a monster offer now from a team that buys into the risk. And if it doesn’t come by December 1, nothing was lost.

Note, by the way, that the Cubs were recently pegged as one of the likeliest suitors for Corey Seager, but I have a very difficult time seeing them committing – right now – to the kind of deal it would take to get Seager to sign. I guess this bears watching over the next few weeks.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.