Newest On Marcus Semien
Over two months into free company, shortstop Marcus Semien stays and not using a group. It’s not for lack of curiosity, nevertheless, as Jim Bowden of The Athletic tweets that the Athletics, Phillies, Reds and Crimson Sox have all been a part of negotiations with Semien “to some extent.” It’s isn’t recognized how severe any of these discussions have gotten, nevertheless.
Semien, 30, spent the earlier six years in Oakland, the place he was frequently a median or higher starter. He reached a brand new stage in 2019, an MVP-caliber season through which he didn’t miss a sport and posted 7.6 fWAR with a .285/.369/.522 line and 33 dwelling runs, however wasn’t in a position to replicate these otherworldly stats final 12 months. Semien bounced again to a serious diploma because the 12 months progressed, nevertheless, evidenced by a 64 wRC+ within the first half and a 126 mark within the second.
Regardless that the A’s made it recognized on a number of events throughout and after the season that they wished Semien again, they didn’t give him an $18.9MM qualifying supply. Now, contemplating he might worth himself out of the group’s vary in free company, it appears uncertain low-budget Oakland will win the bidding for Semien. Thanks partially to the pandemic, the A’s don’t appear as in the event that they’ll spend a lot this winter.
Philadelphia and Cincinnati seem like extra practical matches for Semien, who would definitely deal with their gaping holes at shortstop. The Phillies might plug him in to exchange Didi Gregorius, one other notable veteran shortstop who’s presently a free agent. Freddy Galvis is a free agent for the Reds, in the meantime, leaving Jose Garcia as at the very least the non permanent front-runner to start out for them subsequent season. Garcia doesn’t seem prepared for that position, although: He by no means performed above Excessive-A ball earlier than final 12 months, when he reached the majors and batted .194/.206/.194 with no dwelling runs, 26 strikeouts and one stroll in 68 plate appearances.
Not like Oakland, Philadelphia and Cincinnati, Boston is concentrating on Semien as a second baseman, per Bowden. That isn’t shocking, because it was reported final month that groups have proven curiosity in Semien as an possibility on the keystone this offseason. Boston already has a set left aspect of the infield with shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers, however it nonetheless has to type out second – a place that isn’t overseas to Semien. He performed 77 video games there as a minor leaguer and one other 29 within the bigs with the White Sox from 2013-14.
Together with the place he’ll go, an apparent query centering on Semien is how a lot it’ll take to signal him. When the offseason started, MLBTR predicted Semien would reel in a one-year, $14MM contract, however as Steve Adams wrote in November, others have been much more bullish with regard to his forthcoming deal. If groups are assured Semien is extra the participant he was in 2019 and within the second half of 2020, he might certainly accumulate a considerable payday over a number of years.