The Chicago White Sox was likely one of the teams interested in bringing Marcus Semien via free agency. He is an elite infielder that would fit well with this current group. He would probably have to play second base as Tim Anderson is the shortstop which he has proven that he can do during his time with Toronto. He is also a former member of the White Sox so a move like that makes sense.
Unfortunately, the family reunion will not be happening. Robert Murray of FanSided reported that Semien is in an agreement with the Texas Rangers. He is going to be the new shortstop that they needed. It is a seven-year deal worth 100 million dollars.
At 31 years old, seven years is a risk but they are getting a very good player. He just finished a season in which he was an American League MVP finalist for the second time in three years. Adding a guy like that is incredibly nice for a Texas Rangers team looking to start building back up again.
Texas was not a very good baseball team in 2021 but clearly, they don’t think they are very far away. Adding a superstar like Semien is going to really help them continue moving their franchise in a different direction.
The Chicago White Sox are missing out on a great player in Marcus Semien.
Semien had a slash of .265/.334/.538 for an OPS of .873. He had 45 home runs and 102 RBIs to go with 115 runs scored. His 15 stolen bases can’t go unmentioned either as that really helps a lineup. All of this accumulated to a 7.3 WAR. This is truly a great addition made by the Texas Rangers.
Now, the White Sox have to take their plans in a different direction. They are not getting Semien but there is still a hole at second base. There are plenty of cheap options out there via free agency or trade but the White Sox should be in on a big-time player. They are a team that is a few small changes away from being the World Series favorite as they are already considered a contender.
It is sad that Semien won’t be coming to Chicago but he deserves this. The White Sox made a huge mistake by trading him away and now he has a very nice contract to show for it. It is on the Sox to make up for the mistake and go find themselves a great second baseman for 2022. There is still hope for this team right now.