Marcus Semien acquiring a rebound period is essential for Blue Jays in 2021
The Toronto Blue Jays continue their active offseason, signing previous MVP candidate Marcus Semien to an $18 million deal.
Which Marcus Semien will demonstrate up in 2021? That is a query the Toronto Blue Jays have to figure out.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Blue Jays agreed to sign the 30-calendar year-outdated absolutely free agent to a one-calendar year, $18 million deal on Tuesday, with the expectation that the former Athletics shortstop will move around to 2nd foundation this season.
If the Blue Jays get the 2019 version of Semien, the just one who concluded in the prime-3 of Most Useful Participant balloting and hit 33 dwelling operates, the offer is a deal. Semien had a .892 OPS that year, which would’ve ranked next among second baseman if he replicated it in 2020. But he came up perfectly quick, and that’s the predicament now going through the Blue Jays.
A sluggish get started doomed Semien’s 2020 time. Soon after 14 games, he was hitting just .190 with no residence runs. Over the next 5 months, while, he started looking like his MVP-caliber self, hitting 7 home operates with a .847 OPS. His batting normal finished up declining by more than 50 points, his proportion of challenging-strike balls falling from 38.1 in 2019 to 28.6, amid the bottom 10 % of the league.
Was 2019 or 2020 far more of the outlier when it will come to Semien’s creation? The previous was the only time more than his 8-year vocation he batted over .260 in a total season or experienced an OPS previously mentioned .800. He’s reached the 20 home run threshold just one particular other time, in 2016. His 2020 stats, in the meantime, were even under his occupation averages.
But if 2020 was just an aberration in an unconventional and condensed time, and Semien was a lot more like the participant he was in 2019, then the Blue Jays may have the most effective infield in the league. His arrival possible makes sure that Cavan Biggio will shift above to third base, giving Toronto an infield of Biggio, Bo Bichette at shortstop, Semien and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at very first base. Combining the 2020 stats of Biggio, Bichette and Guerrero with the 2019 year of Semien, this infield had an regular OPS of .841. That would’ve been the very best in the league past season (the White Sox rated initially at .836).
Semien joins one more substantial-priced absolutely free agent acquisition, George Springer, on a Blue Jays roster that attained the postseason for the to start with time in 4 many years in 2020. Springer will fill out an outfield that currently experienced Teoscar Hernandez, Randal Grichuk and Lourdes Gurriel.
It could be amid the deepest lineups in baseball in 2021, but only if Marcus Semien reverts to his 2019 self. That, alongside with exactly where they will engage in if the Canadian authorities does not permit them to return household again, is the major query dealing with this quick-emerging roster.