Texas Rangers to sign Marcus Semien to a seven-year, $175 million deal

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The first big infielder and particularly, a shortstop, came off the free agent market on Sunday.

Marcus Semien, fresh off a near-MVP season, will sign a seven-year deal with the Texas Rangers.

The 31-year old Semien finished third in the AL MVP voting, as he hit .265 with 45 home runs and 102 RBI in 162 games for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Texas had been reported to wanting to snag a major free agent and one of the big shortstops and land one in Semien.

With the current Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire on December 1 and a possible lockout looming, teams have been trying to sign players as quick as they can before it.

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Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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