The Texas Rangers are still at it. And in a big way.
The team has agree to terms with shortstop Corey Seager on a 10-year, $325 million deal, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The deal would make Seager one of the highest paid players in the league.
On Sunday, the Rangers signed infielder Marcus Semien, right-handed pitcher Jon Gray, and outfielder Kole Calhoun.
None of the deals have been officially announced by the club.
Seager, 27, his .306 with 16 home runs, 22 doubles and 57 RBIs in 95 games in 2021, his seventh season for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Seager was the 18th overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft.
He’s a career .297 hitter with .870 OPS in his seven seasons.
With the four acquisitions, the Rangers have committed more than $560 million. It’s more than twice the second-closest team, the Mets, who have spent more than $250 million.
The Rangers are the first team to commit to half a billion dollars in a single season on two or fewer players, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Semien’s seven-year deal is worth $175 million, according to multiple reports.
Semien, who played shorstop during his season seasons with the Athletics, played primarily at second base for the Blue Jays in 2021.
With Seager joining the roster, Semien is likely to be the Rangers primary second baseman in 2022.
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What if an agreement isn’t in place by Dec. 2?
The owners could impose a lockout. Given that spring training doesn’t begin until mid-February and paychecks aren’t issued in the offseason, it would be a tactical maneuver to apply pressure on the players to make a deal.
But a lockout, or simply the lack of a new CBA outlining the rules of engagement, would freeze transactions, including free agency. If teams don’t know, for instance, what the competitive-balance tax threshold will be, they can’t set their budgets. As Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said, “I’m working under the present system, realizing it may change.”
The annual winter meetings, scheduled for Dec. 6-8 in Orlando, Fla., would be scuttled. Rather than months of rumors about a free-agent class headlined by Kris Bryant, Max Scherzer, Freddie Freeman, and a quintet of star shortstops (Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Marcus Semien, and Javier Báez), Manfred and Clark would dominate the headlines, along with their chief negotiators, MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem and MLBPA senior director Bruce Meyer.
Mostly, though, it would be another terrible look for the owners and players a year after they bickered over financial issues related to starting the 2020 season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Acrimony from those talks hasn’t faded. The players’ union filed a $500 million grievance against the owners for not agreeing to play more than 60 games and costing them 63% of their salaries. An arbitrator has yet to make a ruling.