Blue Jays signing free agent shortstop Marcus Semien to $18M deal

Jan 26 2021, 3:30 pm

The Toronto Blue Jays are making another key acquisition in free agency.

Shortstop Marcus Semien has agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract, according to multiple insiders, including Jeff Passan of ESPN, Jon Heyman of MLB Network, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

With Bo Bichette already in the fold, Semien is expected to play second base according to Rosenthal, leaving Cavan Biggio to play elsewhere in a utility role.

The 30-year-old veteran hit .223, with seven home runs, 23 RBIs, and a .305 on-base percentage in 54 games for the Athletics last season. Semien finished third in MVP voting one year earlier, when he hit .285, with 33 home runs, 92 RBIs, and an OBP of .369.

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