Marcus Semien accepts seven-year, $ 175 million contract with Rangers – .

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MVP runner-up Marcus Semien has agreed to a seven-year, $ 175 million contract with the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports.
Semien, who enjoyed a historic 2021 season with the Toronto Blue Jays setting a single-season homerun record for second baseman, will provide veteran leadership and a star bat for a Rangers team looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

The 31-year-old, who just signed a one-year, $ 18 million contract with the Blue Jays, is a career shortstop who rose to second in Toronto. In 2021, he dominated the flat, hitting .265 / .334 / .538 with 45 homers and 102 RBIs while appearing in all 162 games. For his efforts, Semien was named to the All-MLB First Team All-Star, finished third in MVP voting, and won both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

For the Blue Jays, Semien’s departure opens a big hole in the middle of the infield and at the top of the roster. However, his contract with the Rangers would have been difficult to match for the Blue Jays with looming deals for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette on the horizon, as well as large sums already committed by the team to George Springer, Hyun- Jin Ryu and José Berrios.

While the move is the first big addition of the offseason, ESPN’s Jeff Passan doesn’t think the Rangers are done adding, reports that the club also remain interested in signing former Colorado Rockies star shortstop Trevor Story.


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