Monday, August 8

Marcus Semien’s contract restores expectations for Rangers and shortstops

With days to go until the collective agreement expires, the first domino has fallen into the crowded and talented shortstop market. But it’s not Carlos Correa or Corey Seager – it’s Marcus Semien, who reportedly signed a seven-year, $ 175 million deal with the Texas Rangers. It is a very successful deal for a club that hopes to start competing soon. It’s also a higher-than-expected number for Semien, which could indicate what the other best shortstops on the market will get. Here’s the breakdown of what matters in the game:

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