There’s a scarlet letter that follows the Texas Rangers. It’s the “bad contract”. This is because many players with big contracts have underperformed and pocketed the money.
However, two players who signed big contracts after the 2021 season are making the most of them. They are shortstop Corey Seager and second baseman Marcus Semien.
Seager signed a 10-year, $325 million deal and Semien signed a seven-year, $175 million deal. Their combined value was $500 million.
At the time, there was a lot of criticism that Texas spent too much money.
However, in the end, the investment has been deemed a success.
MLBTR highlighted Corey and Semien in an article titled “Texas’ massive middle infield investment is paying off” on April 18.
According to MLBTR, Carlos Correa, Seager, Semien, Trevor Story, and Javier Baez hit the free agent market in the 2021 offseason.
Correa was followed by Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson in 2022 free agency.
Last year, Seager hit 33 home runs and posted a slash line of .245/0.317/0.455. His wRC+ was 117, 17% above league average. His fWAR was 4.5.
This year, he was limited to 78 games with a strained left hamstring and a sprained right thumb, but he still hit 22 home runs and his offensive slash line was .348/0.411/0.661. His wRC+ was 190, the best in the league among players with at least 350 plate appearances. Despite playing less than half a season, he already has an fWAR of 4.8.
Semien fell into a severe slump early in the season last year, but finished with a .248/.304/.429 slash line and a wRC+ of 107. He hit 26 home runs. He stole 25 bases and produced 4.2 fWAR.
This year, Semien’s numbers are even better. He has a .282/0.353/0.472 line with a wRC+ of 127. His DRS is 11, which ranks second among second basemen in the league. His fWAR has already reached 5.0.
According to MLBTR, these two players have led Texas to a 72-49 record this year, good for first place in the West.
Correa, on the other hand, hit the free agent market again after a solid performance last year. He signed a massive six-year, $200 million contract with the Minnesota Twins after two contract negotiations fell through due to problems with his physical.
However, his defense has only been league average and his offense has only produced a .231/0.308/0.409 line.
Bogaerts hit just 12 home runs with the San Diego Padres. His .272/0.346/0.400 line isn’t terrible, but it’s far short of the .300/0.373/0.507 line he’s averaged over the past five seasons.
Turner is coming off his worst season, slashing .250/0.302/0.394 with an 86 wRC+. Story was about league average offensively last year and had elbow surgery over the winter.토스카지노
Baez hit .238/0.278/0.393 for the Detroit Tigers last year and is even worse this year at .221/0.262/0.320.
Swanson is the only non-Texas signee with a big contract who is performing well.
MLBTR noted, however, that their contracts range from six to 11 years, so things could change at any time.