The first big piece of the offseason fell on Sunday afternoon when it was reported that the Texas Rangers had reached a deal with infielder Marcus Semien. The contract is for 7 years and about $175 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Marcus Semien's deal with the Texas Rangers is for seven years and $175 million, a source familiar with the agreement tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 28, 2021
Passan also reports that the Rangers aren’t done wheeling and dealing just yet. Of course, Texas has been linked to former Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager this offseason. Semien has played mostly shortstop over his nine-year big league career, but he moved to second base with the Blue Jays last season and posted an MVP-caliber year.
If Semien was signed to play shortstop, then the Rangers would seemingly be out on Seager or any other top free agent option at the position. But if he’s open to remaining at second base, then Texas could continue its franchise-altering offseason. Jeff Passan said in a tweet that Texas is still in on Colorado free agent Trevor Story. But it’s easy to imagine Seager and potentially Carlos Correa still being in play.
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Texas has also pushed hard to try and lure long-time Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw to pitch for his hometown Rangers, but that move feels harder to imagine.
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The Texas Rangers also reportedly added free agent outfielder Kole Calhoun on Sunday, but they certainly aren’t the only team making a splash ahead of the impending CBA lockout. The New York Mets spent big on Friday, agreeing to contracts with three top free agents (OF Starling Marte: four-year, $78M; OF Mark Canha: two-year, $26.5M; INF Eduardo Escobar, two-year, $20M). The Marlins inked outfielder Avisail Garcia to a four-year deal and a pair of starting pitchers signed with AL East teams (RHP Corey Kluber to Tampa Bay and RHP Michael Wacha with Boston).
Meanwhile, the Dodgers remain quiet and ready to pounce.