The Oakland A’s are hoping to solve their impending shortstop issue by keeping Marcus Semien around for a few more years.
The Oakland A’s have a potential problem moving forward. Marcus Semien is slated to hit free agency this offseason, creating a large opening in their lineup. The A’s internal options are not exactly ready for the show, and with holes to fill at second, the rotation, and in the bullpen, that could be a problem.
The solution may already be in place. The A’s are hoping to keep Semien in the fold, and have had open communication between he and his representatives.
Semien represents a known commodity for the A’s. He has been a steady player, one who fills up the stat line, although he does not exactly have one outstanding trait. He has also been a slightly below average player with the bat, excluding his 2019 campaign.
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And what a glorious year that was. At this time last year, Semien was considered a probable candidate for the Qualifying Offer, coming off a career year that saw him finish third in the AL MVP vote. In his 747 plate appearances in 2019, he produced a .285/.369/.522 batting line with 33 homers and 43 doubles while stealing ten bases.
That production had Semien outside of the A’s price range, especially if he was able to replicate that performance in 2020. Instead, he had a typical year, posting a .223/.305/.374 batting line with nine doubles and seven homers, stealing four bases. His 91 OPS+ was a bit below his career norm, but not far outside his usual years.
Semien is certainly worth another deal for the A’s, provided that it falls within their budget. A two or three year deal could potentially bridge the gap to Robert Pauson as well, giving them a chance to develop their top prospect. And, as unlikely as it may be, Semien could even replicate his performance from 2019 at some point.
The Oakland A’s want to keep Marcus Semien around. If the price is right, it could happen.