The Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on a seven-year contract with second gold glove captain and potential captain Marcus Simin, according to a source familiar with the deal.
This person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Sunday night because the deal has not been finalized. ESPN, which first reported the agreement, said it was worth $175 million.
Simin was short-lived in his six seasons with Oakland from 2015-20 before starting 147 games at second base and playing 162 games for Toronto this year. He signed a one-year, $18 million contract with Blue Jays at a free agency in their last off-season.
The 31-year-old Semien hit .265 and hit career highs with 45 homers, 102 RBIs and 15 base steals in his only season in Toronto. He finished third in the AL MVP vote, as he did in 2019 when he played all 162 athletics games and hit .285 with 33 Homers and 92 RBI.
After the 102nd losing season, Rangers indicated that they are willing to spend as needed to improve the team.
Texans used a record 26 juniors, with at least four or five of them routinely in the lineup. Rangers have lost their fifth consecutive season since winning the AL West title in 2016.
In 1,020 career games over nine seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2013-14), Oakland and Toronto, Simin had a batting average of 0.256 with 160 headers and 482 RBI.
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