The Chicago White Sox is in the market for someone who can play second base. They had Nick Madrigal but they traded him away and Cesar Hernandez didn’t work out as a trade deadline acquisition. It would all be worth it, however, if they can find someone this winter that is better than both of them. Marcus Semien might be that guy.
Semien is one of the best players on the market right now. In 2021, he was so good that he has a nomination for AL MVP. He is probably going to come in third place as Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. duke it out for the top spot but Semien certainly deserves the recognition. It is the second time (2019) in his career that he has this nomination for MVP.
After struggling in 2020 (COVID-19 shortened season), he came back with a vengeance in 2021. He slashed.265/.334/.538 for an OPS of .873 with 45 home runs, 102 RBIs, 115 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases on a high octane Toronto Blue Jays offense. He accumulated a 7.3 WAR which is absolutely incredible.
2021 was his first season on the Blue Jays. He was a free agent signing last season as he bet on himself with a one-year deal. He hit the jackpot as he is going to be very well compensated this offseason. Before playing with the Jays, he was with the Oakland A’s. Of course, the A’s got him in a very lopsided trade with the White Sox.
Marcus Semien would be perfect for the Chicago White Sox in every way.
It would be so cool to see the White Sox make up for their previous mistake by bringing him back. With Bo Bichette there in Toronto playing shortstop, Semien made the move to second base. That is exactly where the White Sox could use him as they have Tim Anderson as the shortstop. With these two up the middle of the infield, the White Sox would be very strong in that area.
As mentioned before, Toronto’s lineup is outstanding. The White Sox have a chance to have a similar situation with some of their great hitters. With the protection that the White Sox can provide a free agent hitter, he should be able to come in and pick up right where he left off in the year prior.
The White Sox have a spot for him on the field and in the batting order along with the fact that they have a very good chance to make a deep playoff run. They can also afford to pay him handsomely which rounds out the three things that most free agents look for.
It sounds like the White Sox are going to be in on him this offseason. According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score on Twitter, Semien’s agent Scott Boras is going to talk to White Sox GM Rick Hahn about the topic at hand at the GM meetings.
It would be a perfect fit in every way if this could get done. He really could be one of the last pieces that this team needs to go deep in the postseason. If Scott Boras and Rick Hahn could get something done to bring Semien back to the Sox, both sides would end up happy in the end.