Semien is signing a seven-year, $175 million contract with the Rangers, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. In Semien's one year with Toronto, the 31-year-old hit 45 home runs with 102 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Over the past three seasons, including his poor 2020 campaign, Semien has averaged 37 home runs and 93 RBI per 162 games while slashing .268/.346/.509. The 2021 Gold Glove winner is a good defender at second base and shortstop and joins a team lacking a strong option at either position.
Semien rejected Toronto's $18.4 million qualifying offer Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. As expected, the shortstop will test the open market coming off the most impressive season of his MLB career. He smashed a career-high 45 home runs and also set career bests in RBI (102) and stolen bases (15) in 162 games. Semien is just one of a handful of quality shortstops headed for free agency this offseason, as Carlos Correa, Corey Seager and Trevor Story are also set to test the waters.
The Blue Jays extended a qualifying offer to Semien on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Coming off a career year, Semien will likely decline the one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer and cash in with a large multi-year deal deal. The Blue Jays don't have strong internal candidates to replace Semien, so they could remain in the mix to bring him back even if he declines the offer.
Semien went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Yankees. With his first-inning blast off Gerrit Cole, Semien became the all-time single-season home run champ at second base, with his 44 long balls topping Davey Johnson's record of 43 set in 1973. The 31-year-old is one of only four second sackers in history to hit more than 40 homers in a year, joining Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby and Brian Dozier is a very exclusive club. Semien's September power display -- 12 home runs in 27 games -- is a big reason why Toronto is still in the hunt for a wild-card spot.
Semien went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over Minnesota. The 31-year-old's 43rd homer of the year tied him with Davey Johnson for the most in a single season by a second baseman. Semien's power surge has seen him swat 11 long balls in 24 September games. He's added a .271/.341/.548 slash line with 99 RBI, 111 runs scored and 15 stolen bases across 692 plate appearances in arguably the best year of his career.