Marcus Semien and Rangers reportedly agreed to 7-year contract in 2021 MLB Free Agency | Launderer report
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Veteran infielder Marcus Semien accepted a seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers on Sunday, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Robert murray FanSided initially reported that an agreement had been reached.
Semien’s decision to sign with a new team comes as no surprise. He was one of the best shortstops in the open market alongside Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, Corey Seager and Javier Baez.
The 31-year-old was also preparing to sign a big free agency contract, hiring the Scott Boras Corporation to represent him, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Boras was considered one of baseball’s best agents for some time, having negotiated mega-deals for New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (nine, $ 324 million) and third baseman. of Los Angeles Angels Anthony Rendon (seven years, $ 245 million).
Semien enjoyed one of the best seasons of his nine-year career with the Blue Jays in 2021, reaching .265 / .334 / .538 with 45 homers and 102 RBIs. He also won his first All-Star selection last season.
The San Francisco native was looking for a long-term deal even before the 2021 season, but struggled to reconcile. Instead, he bet on himself and agreed to a one-year, $ 18 million contract with the Blue Jays to play second base.
Semien had several other contenders in the open market, including the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners, among others.
It’s no surprise that the Rangers chased Semien in free agency, as they were also watching Seager and Story. Isiah Kiner-Falefa would have entered the 2022 season as a starting shortstop if they hadn’t signed Semien or another top free agent.
Kiner-Falefa was average in 2021, reducing .271 / .312 / .357 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs.
The Rangers finished 60-102 last season, their fifth straight year without making the playoffs. Semien is expected to help the club turn the tide in 2022.