After posting one of the most impressive seasons at second base Toronto Blue Jays history, Marcus Semien has reportedly agreed to a seven-year pact with the Texas Rangers worth $175 million according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Joining the Blue Jays on a one-year deal worth $18 million last offseason, Semien finished third in MVP voting after posting one of the best seasons of his career with a .265/.334/.538 slash line and 45 home runs, setting a Major League record for most home runs in a single season by a second baseman while also playing in every regular-season game. The righty-batter also finished with a .873 OPS and a 133 OPS+ and finished the year with plenty of hardware, taking home a Gold Glove Award (.985 fielding percentage), an All-Star nomination, a Silver Slugger Award, and the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
The Blue Jays were interested in a reunion with the former Athletics shortstop but the infielder was highly coveted this offseason, with the Texas Rangers eventually getting the star player to put pen to paper. It was rumoured that he wanted to return to the West Coast, with the Seattle Mariners also being a key player in contract discussions. The seven years is most likely the biggest contributor at the moment but overall, the Rangers are getting a very talented player who turned a one-year prove-it deal into a pretty lucrative payday.
Former Blue Jays infielder Marcus Semien has reportedly agreed to a seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers worth $175 million dollars.
After taking a step back during the shortened 2020 campaign, the A’s decided to not tender a qualifying offer to Semien and the Blue Jays were able to snag him on a one-year deal. His impact on the roster was pretty noticeable, as shortstop Bo Bichette was pretty emotional during the end of the year press conference when asked about Semien’s impact on himself and the roster.
While the Blue Jays were unsuccessful in bringing back Semien, they will now receive draft pick compensation from the Rangers after he rejected the qualifying offer earlier this month. Under the current CBA, the club will be receiving a draft pick after the Competitive Balance Round B draft selections.
Fans may be sad to see Semien go but congratulations are in order for the California product as he embarks on a new journey, leaving an everlasting impact with the Blue Jays organization and its fanbase in such a short amount of time.