The Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on a $ 325 million, 10-year deal with shortstop Corey Seager, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday because the deal was awaiting a physical one and was not terminated.
Seager was World Series MVP in 2020 and twice All-Star in his seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .306 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs in 95 games this year when he broke a finger on his right hand after being hit by a pitch on May 15 and missed 2 1/2 months.
The deal for Seager is the largest in Rangers history, and matches Giancarlo Stanton for the fifth-largest in total value in baseball. The $ 325 million only follows the agreements with Mike Trout ($ 426.5 million), Mookie Betts ($ 365 million), Fernando Tatis Jr. ($ 340 million) and Bryce Harper ($ 330 million).
Seager’s deal with Rangers came the day after Texas reached an agreement on a seven-year, $ 175 million contract with Gold Gloves second baseman Marcus Semien, according to a person familiar with the deal, who was also subject to a successful physical.
After losing 102 games this year and entering the low season with only $ 28 million committed to salaries for 2022, President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels and General Manager Chris Young had indicated that they were willing to spend as needed and could be active in free agency to improve the team.
Rangers have pledged more than $ 561 million in future salaries with four deals already ahead of a potential lockdown after the five-year deal between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association expires at 6 p.m. 23:59 EST on Wednesday.
Texas also has deals in place with right-handed starter Jon Gray for $ 56 million over four years, and outfielder Kole Calhoun for $ 5.2 million next season. These agreements have not been terminated or published by the club.
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