Athletics

Report: Semien returning to AL West, agrees to Rangers deal

Athletics

A familiar face is returning to the AL West. 

Former A's shortstop Marcus Semien reportedly is signing a massive seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers, FanSided's Robert Murray reported Sunday afternoon, citing sources. 

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported the contract to be worth $175 million. 

Semien played for the A's for six seasons from 2015 to 2020, with his best season coming in 2019 where he hit .285/.369/.522 with 33 home runs and 92 RBIs, finishing third in AL MVP award voting. 

In 2021 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Semien put together another excellent campaign, hitting .265/.334/.538 with 45 home runs and 102 RBIs, finishing third in AL MVP award voting for the second time in three seasons. 

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There was speculation that Semien could return to the Bay Area as a potential free-agent target for the San Francisco Giants, but ultimately he chose the Rangers. 

The A's faced off against Semien and the Blue Jays seven times this past season and should expect to see a lot more of their former teammate in 2022.