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Marcus Semien signs with the Texas Rangers

It’s a seven-year contract for the slugging infielder.

MLB: OCT 03 Orioles at Blue Jays Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Marcus Semien had a career year in 2021, slugging 45 homers and swiping 15 bags as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Here’s what he’s getting for his efforts:

The move to a Texas ball park and team offense that are both worse than Toronto is something of a hit to Semien’s value. The Rangers probably won this battle of free agency by offering a seventh year to Semien, who is already 31 years old. Don’t believe me? Peep the teams interested:

But we don’t care about any of that, do we? He’ll likely qualify at both your middle infield slots next year, and he’ll offer 25+ homer pop and 10+ steals. He should also safely occupy one of the top two spots in the Texas lineup, so any dropoff in quality offense will hopefully be mitigated somewhat by volume.