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Toronto Blue Jays announce signing of infielder Marcus Semien

Oct 7, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) is congratulated by second baseman Tommy La Stella (3) after hitting a solo home run off of Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy (not pictured) during the fifth inning in game three of the 2020 ALDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday announced the signing of infielder Marcus Semien to a one-year, $18 million contract.

The move comes one week after the Blue Jays announced the signing of outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150 million deal.

Toronto intends to make Semien its primary second baseman, with Bo Bichette remaining at shortstop and Cavan Biggio able to play multiple positions.

Semien, 30, batted .223 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 53 games last season with the Oakland Athletics. He finished third in American League Most Valuable Player voting in 2019 with a .285 batting average, 33 homers, 92 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 162 games.

Semien is a .254 lifetime hitter with 115 homers, 380 RBIs and 66 stolen bases in 858 games with the Chicago White Sox and Athletics.

Defensively, Semien has played the majority of his career at shortstop (766 starts). He also has started 44 games at third base and 26 games at second base.

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–Field Level Media