Marcus Semien joins the Texas Rangers for a big payday

Arlington, Texas - Former Blue Jays All-Star Marcus Semien has found a new home deep in the heart of Texas after signing for a monster payday with the Rangers.

Marcus Semien won his first career Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards this season with the Blue Jays.
Marcus Semien won his first career Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards this season with the Blue Jays.  © imago/ZUMA Press

The nine-year veteran shortstop agreed to a seven-year, $175 million deal with the team on Sunday, as reported by ESPN’s MLB insider Jeff Passan.

At the age of 31, Semien is coming off of his best season of baseball – making his first-ever All-Star game appearance and earning both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award this past year with the Toronto Blue Jays.

He also finished third in the 2021 AL Most Valuable Player Award vote earlier this month after moving to second base and having his best season as a hitter.

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He finished 2021 hitting .256 for 102 RBI and 45 homers, breaking the Jays’ franchise record for home runs in a single season by a second baseman.

Before that, he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2013, spending two years in the organization before being traded to the Athletics. There he spent six seasons growing into one of the more productive players of his position. He finished third in MVP voting in 2019.

There’s no doubt that because of his stellar play north of the border, Semien was able to parlay his 2021 performance into one of this offseason’s first high-profile contract signings.

With this new contract’s length and taking into consideration his age, it certainly appears that Semien will end his career in Texas with the Rangers.

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