The Texas Rangers made a major splash by locking in former Toronto Blue Jays slugger Marcus Semien to a seven-year, $175 million deal on Sunday. The Rangers also nabbed Jon Gray and Kole Calhoun as part of their spending spree.
But they might not be done.
Even after signing Semien to a huge deal, the Rangers are still eyeing another one of the star shortstops. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Sunday night that Texas was still in contact with Trevor Story, Javier Baez, Corey Seager and Carlos Correa, and he later added that a big push was being made for Seager:
Rangers are making a push for Seager, too, now, with a few days to go before likely lockout, But if Dodgers don’t land Scherzer (and Mets are trying hard), it stands to reason Dodgers could go strong to keep Seager. https://t.co/BGBMVihENc
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2021
As noted, the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in discussions with multiple stars in Seager and Max Scherzer. There are some signs that Scherzer could wind up going to the New York Mets thanks to the monster offer they have put on the table. If Scherzer leaves, one would think the Dodgers would do everything in their power not to let Seager go as well, though one would also think the franchise would do all they could to sign both players.
As for the Rangers, they’re trying to make some big plays in free agency after losing 102 games in 2021. They clearly have a lot of money to spend and are hoping some big names could help drag them out of the basement. While Semien has played primarily shortstop in his career, he can play other infield positions as well, which is why Texas is still going after other top shortstops.