The Dodgers have already been strongly linked to Liam Hendriks this offseason, as no surprise to any MLB fan. Los Angeles is always looking for arms out of the bullpen to get the job done, but especially so ahead of the 2021 season.
What we did not expect is the Dodgers being in on shortstops or even third baseman. LA has already been linked to Nolan Arenado with Justin Turner on the market, but even that was a surprise. Most around baseball had anticipated that JT returning was a foregone conclusion.
The latest report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan further clouds an already unclear situation in Los Angeles. Passan notes that the Dodgers could be linked to free-agent shortstop Marcus Semien, who just hit the open market this season.
One name to keep an eye on in the coming days, sources say, is Marcus Semien. … Among the teams that could find themselves in play: the Dodgers, Mets, Blue Jays, Phillies, Astros, Cubs, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers.
Notably, when you list half the league, the rumors might not have all the teeth in the world.
Semien had one REALLY good offensive season with the Athletics in 2019. He slashed .285/.369/.522 with 33 home runs and drove in 92 runs that season, finishing third in AL MVP voting. Defensively, Semien would be a significant upgrade at shortstop. By UZR standards, Semien is one of the top five shortstops in all of baseball since 2017.
The problem is that the Dodgers already have a shortstop in Corey Seager, and fans would like him around for a long time. However, reports that Semien has already been asked by other teams to move to third base could bring more clarity. If LA is going to miss out on Justin Turner, Semien could be a viable replacement at third. He has played 50 games there throughout his career.
The question then shifts to money and how likely the Dodgers are to actually make a move like this. In my opinion, the team only goes after Semien if Justin Turner is unwilling to waiver on his request for a 3-year deal.
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