(AP) – Corey Seager agreed to a $ 325 million, 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers on Monday and will now play his home games at the stadium, where he was twice a postseason MVP, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was awaiting a physical one and was not terminated.
Rangers committed $ 500 million to a pair of midfielders over a period of about 24 hours.
A day before Seager agreed to the biggest deal in the team’s history, Texas reached an agreement for a $ 175 million, seven-year contract with Gold Glove second baseman Marcus Semien, according to a person familiar with the deal, which was also subject to a successful physical.
The 27-year-old Seager played his first seven big league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who during the pandemic-changed 2020 season played 16 post-season games in a row at Globe Life Field in Arlington on their way to their first World Series title since 1988.
Seager was the MVP in both the World Series and the NL Championship Series. He hit .350 with seven homers and 19 RBIs, including the clear signal RBI in the World Series-clinching Game 6 victory over Tampa Bay, in the games in Texas that also included an NL Division Series sweep over San Diego.
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. He is a .297 career hitter with 104 homers and 364 RBIs in 636 games.
The agreement for Seager matches Giancarlo Stanton for the fifth largest in total value in baseball. The $ 325 million only follows the contracts of Mike Trout ($ 426.5 million), Mookie Betts ($ 365 million), Fernando Tatis Jr. ($ 340 million) and Bryce Harper ($ 330 million).
Only six players currently have contracts with higher average annual values than the pending one for Seager.
After losing 102 games this year and entering the low season with only $ 28 million committed to salaries for 2022, baseball operations president Jon Daniels and general manager Chris Young indicated they were willing to spend as needed and could be active in free agency to improve teams.
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 players’ association expires at 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.
The semi was a shortstop in his six seasons with Oakland from 2015-20, before starting 147 games at second base and playing all 162 games for Toronto this year. He signed a $ 18 million one-year deal with the Blue Jays in free agency last season.
The 31-year-old Semien hit .265, setting career highs with his 45 homers, 102 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in his only season in Toronto. The 45 homers were an MLB record for another baseman. He finished in third place in the AL MVP poll, just as he did in 2019 with the A’s.
Seager was the 18th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft and only 21 when he debuted in September 2015. He was unanimously selected for the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year after hitting .308 with 26 homers and 72 RBIs, and then made its second series of Already -Star teams in 2017.
Seager missed the 2017 NLCS due to a back injury, and then returned to the World Series against Houston. He did not play after April 29, 2018 due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery. He also had left hip surgery.
When he returned in 2019, he was slowed down by a tense left hind thigh that put him on the sidelines from mid-June to mid-July, but still just before the NL with 44 doubles. He then hit a team-best .307 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season that ended in Texas.
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