Toronto Blue Jays sign infielder Marcus Semien to one-year contract

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TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays and infielder Marcus Semien have agreed to a one-year contract worth US$18-million.

The 30-year-old from San Francisco had a .223 batting average with the Oakland Athletics last season.

Semien totalled nine doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 23 RBI in 53 games.

The right-handed hitter finished third in American League MVP voting in 2019 when he hit .285 with 83 extra-base hits playing all 162 games.

Semien was a sixth-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2011 and played two seasons in Chicago before he was dealt to Oakland in 2014.

The six-foot, 195-pound infielder carries a .254 batting average through 858 career MLB games.

He's amassed a career 170 doubles, 22 triples and 115 home runs,

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 30, 2021.

The Canadian Press