Marcus Semien heads to Rangers; Kevin Gausman to Blue Jays

With whisperings of a lockout and a cumulative bargaining contract that will end at midnight Dec. 2, Major League Baseball had a hectic vacation weekend on the free-agency front.

The New York Mets consented to terms with 3 gamers throughout a “Black Friday” shopping spree, and other groups leapt in from there. Earlier in the week, the Tampa Bay Rays protected a future with phenom shortstop Wander Franco, 20, with a record offer that ensured him $185 million.

The news kept coming Sunday: a veteran beginning pitcher tattooed a substantial offer and a veteran infielder made money, plus a notable extension. Here’s the news from Sunday:

Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers ended up the 2021 MLB season with a league-worst .670 group on-base plus punching portion. The Toronto Blue Jays led MLB because classification (.797), and the 1 year acquisition of Marcus Semien definitely assisted.

Now the Rangers have Semien to anchor shortstop, as the 31-year-old signed a seven-year, $175 million offer on Sunday, according to ESPN.

Semien took pleasure in a profession year in Toronto. He played in all 162 video games, ended up third in MVP ballot and set profession highs in RBI (102) and homers (45). He likewise won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger, parlaying everything into a payday that Texas enjoyed to supply.

Marcus Semien will be headed to Rangers.

Kevin Gausman, Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays are going all in to win the American League East, investing huge cash on a huge arm. ESPN’s Jeff Passan and report pitcher Kevin Gausman and Toronto have actually consented to a a five-year, $110 million agreement.

The right-hander is coming off an outstanding season in San Francisco, where he made 33 starts and went 14-6 with a 2.81 age and 227 strikeouts to just 50 strolls. The 30-year-old, who is entering his 10th season, now heads back to the AL East after investing his very first 5 major league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. He signs up with a Toronto personnel that boasted a 3.91 age in 2021 and currently includes a quite stacked rotation.

This is a gamble by both sides, as the injury-prone Buxton has actually played more than 92 video games in a season simply as soon as. But he is an unusual five-tool gamer, so the Twins signed him to a seven-year, $100 million agreement, according to ESPN.

The offer pays Buxton $9 million next season and $15 million till 2028. Buxton will turn 28 next month.

The offer is incentive-laden, per The Athletic, with escalators consisted of for MVP awards. The breakdown is:

Avisaíl Garcia, Miami Marlins

Garcia, 30, was an All-Star in 2017 while with the White Sox and bet Tampa Bay (2019) prior to investing the last 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2021, he reached profession highs in crowning achievement (29), RBI (86) and on-base plus slugging portion (.820).

In the requirement of bats, the Marlins signed the outfielder to a four-year, $53 million offer, according to ESPN.

Corey Kluber, Tampa Bay Rays

A two-time American League Cy Young winner, Kluber sustained a 3rd injury-ridden season, this time after a season with the New York Yankees. He missed out on about 3 months with a shoulder injury after tossing a no-hitter on May 19 and ended up with a 3.83 age in 16 starts (80 innings). He appeared in 8 video games in the 2 years prior to that.

A various AL East group will offer the 35-year-old another shot: the Rays. Kluber’s offer is one year and $8 million, per several reports. Incentives might bring the offer to $13 million, based upon variety of start limits.

Follow Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca.

This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: MLB complimentary company: Marcus Semien to Rangers; Kevin Gausman to Blue Jays

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