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Rangers keep on spending, agree with Corey Seager on 10-year, $325 million contract

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The Texas Rangers needed just two days to put together the most expensive middle infield in baseball history.

The Rangers agreed to terms Monday with two-time All-Star shortstop and former World Series MVP Corey Seager on a 10-year, $325 million contract, less than 24 hours after reaching agreement with Marcus Semien on a $175 million, seven-year pact.

A baseball official with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the Rangers and Seager reached agreement. The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been finalized.

Seager's deal is the largest in franchise history — another young shortstop, Alex Rodriguez, once held that distinction with a $252 million deal signed 21 years ago — and continues a startling run of acquisitions that leaves just one question for the Rangers:

Who plays shortstop?

Corey Seager was the 2020 World Series MVP after helping the Los Dodgers win their first championship since 1988.
Corey Seager was the 2020 World Series MVP after helping the Los Dodgers win their first championship since 1988.

Seager, 27, is a former Rookie of the Year and enjoyed his greatest triumph in the Rangers' brand-new Globe Life Field in 2020, when he claimed both NLCS and World Series MVP honors while leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first championship since 1988.

Seager was indomitable for two weeks in the Arlington "bubble," slugging seven home runs in 13 games against the Braves and Rays and producing a 1.255 OPS. It was the peak to an oft-dominant career occasionally waylaid by injuries.

Seager has a lifetime slash line of .297/.367/.504 — an .870 OPS — and averages 26 home runs per 162 games. Injuries limited him to fewer than 100 games in 2018, when he had elbow and hip surgeries, and 2021, when he suffered a broken hand but still posted a .915 OPS in 95 games.

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While Seager is an adept shortstop, at 6-4, 215 pounds, his frame may be better suited to third base or, with Semien aboard, second.

The Dodgers selected him 18th overall in the 2012 draft and he took over for good in 2016, earning Rookie of the Year honors. But he became expendable in the short term when the club acquired Nationals All-Star shortstop Trea Turner on July 30; Turner finished the season at second base.

Semien, meanwhile, finished third in AL MVP voting in 2019 and '21 and slugged 45 home runs, a record for a second baseman, in 2021.

Combined with the acquisition of pitcher Jon Gray (four years, $56 million), the Rangers since Sunday have committed $556 million toward stopping a skid of losing seasons at five.

Regardless of which guy plays second and which guy plays shortstop.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Corey Seager, Texas Rangers agree to 10-year, $325 million deal