The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for a third baseman. According to reports, Marcus Semien is a part of that hunt.
Marcus Semien was considered to be the free agent most likely to return to the Oakland A’s. Few teams needed a shortstop this offseason, and of the ones that did, none would value Semien the same as the A’s. He was more than his production in the stat sheet; he had become a leader both on and off the field.
However, other teams have been interested in Semien at other positions. The Los Angeles Dodgers are amongst those, as they have reportedly considered Semien for their opening at third base.
Semien does have some experience at third. He has played 50 games at the position, although none of those have come since 2014. The results were relatively promising in his brief time at the hot corner, as he saved a run and has displayed at least league average range.
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While Semien had been a disaster defensively, he has worked to become at least passable at short. He will never be a Gold Glove caliber shortstop, but he has gone from committing a league high 35 errors and costing the A’s six runs defensively to finishing fourth amongst AL shortstops with seven runs saved in 2018.
It is possible that Semien can be a competent defensive third baseman. Plenty of shortstops have transitioned to the hot corner as they have aged, which could happen to Semien as well. However, the Dodgers are more likely hoping that he can be a viable alternative for Justin Turner‘s bat should they not be able to retain their long time third baseman.
At this point, it is difficult to know how serious the Dodgers’ interest is. They may be doing their due diligence and looking into any potential option, especially given how thin third base is in free agency. Semien’s potential to play multiple positions could make him an attractive option for any number of teams looking for a fit at either second or third.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly interested in Marcus Semien at the hot corner. While it is unsure how serious their interest is, it does not bode well for his return.