Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million US, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, an individual acquainted with the negotiations advised The Related Press.
The particular person spoke on situation of anonymity Tuesday as a result of the settlement was topic to a profitable bodily.
Semien will develop into the second star and fourth free agent added by the Blue Jays throughout a sluggish low season amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Toronto gave outfielder George Springer a $150 million, six-year deal. Toronto additionally agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Kirby Yates ($5.5 million) and Tyler Chatwood ($3 million) and re-signed left-hander Robbie Ray to an $8 million, one-year contract.
Semien completed third in AL MVP voting in 2019, when he hit 33 homers with 92 RBIs with an .892 OPS.
Toronto went 32-28 through the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, ending third within the AL East behind Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees and qualifying for the expanded post-season regardless of behind pressured to play dwelling video games in Buffalo, New York, resulting from Canadian authorities restrictions on journey. The Blue Jays have been swept in two video games by the AL champion Rays in a first-round sequence.
They’ve an rising younger core and are including main contracts whereas youthful gamers equivalent to Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. comparatively low salaries as a result of they continue to be shy of eligibility for arbitration.
It’s not clear the place the Blue Jays will play dwelling video games when the 2021 season begins.