Reports: Blue Jays reach agreement with free agent shortstop Marcus Semien

The Toronto Blue Jays are continuing their offseason makeover with the addition of another high-profile free agent in shortstop Marcus Semien.

Multiple media outlets are reporting Semien's deal with Toronto is for one year and $18 million. It comes on the heels of the Jays signing free-agent outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150 million contract. 

Semien, 30, had a career year with the Oakland A's in 2019, when he posted career highs in batting average (.285), home runs (33) and RBI (92), while finishing third in the AL MVP balloting while playing in all 162 games.

The Blue Jays already have Bo Bichette at shortstop, so Semien will probably have to switch positions. The most likely destination is second base, with youngster Cavan Biggio moving to third base or the outfield.

Shortstop Marcus Semien finished third in the AL MVP voting and was a Gold Glove finalist in 2019. (Photo: Rick Scuteri, USA TODAY Sports)

Over six seasons with Oakland and two with the Chicago White Sox, Semien is a .254/.322/.425 career hitter with 115 home runs. 

In an abbreviated 2020 season for the A's, he hit .223 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 53 games. 

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