Sun Nov 28 9:25pm ET
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Baseball Writer
Toronto Blue Jays' Marcus Semien runs from first base to third on a single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
The Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on a seven-year contract with Gold Glove second baseman and potential shortstop Marcus Semien, according to a source familiar with the deal.
That person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the deal was not finalized. ESPN, which first reported the agreement, said it was worth $175 million.
Semien was a shortstop in his six seasons with Oakland from 2015-20 before starting 147 games at second base and playing all 162 games for Toronto this year. He signed an $18 million, one-year deal with the Blue Jays in free agency last offseason.
The 31-year-old Semien hit .265 and set career highs with his 45 homers, 102 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in his only season in Toronto. He finished third in the AL MVP voting, like he did in 2019 when he played all 162 games for the Athletics and hit .285 with 33 homers and 92 RBIs.
After a 102-loss season, the Rangers had indicated they were willing to spend as needed this offseason to improve the team.
Texas used a club-record 26 rookies, with at least four or five of them routinely in the lineup. The Rangers had their fifth consecutive losing season since last winning the AL West in 2016.
In 1,020 career games over nine seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2013-14), Oakland and Toronto, Semien has a .256 batting average with 160 homers and 482 RBIs.