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Semien to Jays, Simmons to Twins

A pair of shortstops found homes with contenders tonight

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With spring training just a few weeks away, we are seeing more players find homes, with a pair of shortstops reportedly agreeing to one year deals tonight.

Marcus Semien, who finished third in the American League MVP race in 2019 before a rough 2020 regular season, is leaving the Oakland A’s to join the Toronto Blue Jays. Semien and the Jays have reportedly agreed to terms on a one year deal for $18 million. Though Semien has spent most of his career at shortstop, Ken Rosenthal says he is expected to play second base for the Jays, with Bo Bichette at shortstop. Semien, 30, gets a nice one year payday and a chance to rebuild some value.

Andrelton Simmons, meanwhile, has reportedly agreed to a one year, $10.5 million deal with the Minnesota Twins. Simmons, 30, was at one point the best defensive shortstop in baseball, excelling first with the Atlanta Braves and then with the Anaheim Angels. The glove has backed up some in the last couple of years, though, and his bat has always been pretty pedestrian. Still, he will be able to capably man the shortstop position for the Twins in 2021.