Marcus Semien has made a name for himself in Major League Baseball. After coming up with the White Sox in 2013 and being a decent, but not great prospect, he was shipped to the Oakland Athletics in 2014 in a deal that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox. Semien started his run in Oakland as a utility man and then became a solid everyday contributor.
In 2019 Semien belted 33 home runs and produced an .892 OPS for the A’s, finishing third in AL MVP voting, and after struggling in the shortened 2020 season, Semien signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays and hit 45 home runs; the most by a second baseman in Major League history.
Semien has had quite the journey. Where will the next part of the journey take him?
WynnBET Sportsbook doesn’t have odds on Marcus Semien’s next destination, so let’s set odds for the slugging second baseman’s future employer.
New York Mets (+150)
The Mets gave Javy Baez a run at the Keystone with Francisco Lindor, but things were tumultuous for Baez. Inconsistent performances at the dish and issues with the fanbase are never a good combo for success.
Semien quietly goes about his business, so he should have little to no issue of causing a fanbase to turn on him. Plus, New York’s lineup could benefit from having Semien’s much more disciplined bat in their lineup compared to Baez.
Mets owner Steve Cohen wants to build a winner in Queens. It’s time for him to put his money where his mouth is.
A middle of the lineup consisting of Semien, Lindor, and Pete Alonso is a great start for New York, but other pieces will be needed. The Mets could and should bring in more than just Semien.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+300)
Corey Seager is a free agent, so is utility man Chris Taylor. The Dodgers could have a few holes in their infield, so why not fill it with the man who has the single-season home run record at second base?
Semien has bounced around to different positions in the past, so while he makes a nice everyday second baseman, Los Angeles could use Semien at third and shortstop when needed.
The surprising San Francisco Giants will look to make a big move this offseason, especially with Buster Posey retired, the San Diego Padres will continue to throw money at gaps in their roster, so signing Semien may be vital to the Dodgers to get back to the top of the NL West.
San Francisco Giants (+400)
The Giants won 107 games in 2021, and their second base spot was manned by multiple players; Wilmer Flores, Donovan Solano, and Tommy La Stella to name a few.
Semien would be a solid long-term answer at second base for San Francisco, and if they don’t bring back trade deadline acquisition Kris Bryant, then Semien could be the man they shoot for.
With a history of playing in the Bay Area before, the experience of playing at Oracle Park with the Giants wouldn’t be too unfamiliar for Semien.
A decent player at age 31, Marcus Semien just feels like a San Francisco Giants player to me.
Seattle Mariners (+750)
Despite winning 90 games, that’s two more wins than the World Series Champion Atlanta Braves, the Mariners failed to make the postseason once again. Another bat in that lineup couldn’t hurt.
Jerry Dipoto is one of those general managers that will strike often, and Semien could be one of his targets; seeing Semien play many times before in the AL West with Oakland.
Seattle has third baseman Kyle Seager walking into free agency, so they may be more inclined to chase down Kris Bryant than they are Marcus Semien, but the Mariners don’t have the best second baseman in the league and could use an upgrade up the middle.
Although Ty France is known as a second baseman, he made just 21 appearances there in 2021, spending most of his time at first base and DH, and Dylan Moore made 66 appearances at second, but batted a measly .181 in 332 at-bats.
Semien could be just what the Mariners need to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.