While no major free agent signings have occurred so far during the offseason, many rumors are beginning to swirl around Los Angeles. This time, the Dodgers are linked with shortstop Marcus Semien, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Semien is the second Athletics player the Dodgers have been connected to behind former Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks. The 30-year-old Semien struggled this season—perhaps declining his value—but the fact he finished third in American League MVP voting in 2019 could still carry some relative weight.
Surely, the majority of Dodger fans are asking why would they even pursue Semien when you have Corey Seager. Fair enough, that is a valid question, as Seager was arguably the best Dodger hitter through the season winning NLCS and World Series MVP.
However, with possibly the best shortstop class to hit free agency due next year, things may switch quickly. There have been rumors about a possible position change for Seager to third base.
The unlikely return of the universal designated hitter does make terms tougher not just for the Dodgers in building a roster but for any National League team.
The Dodgers could buy low on Semien, and move him to second base, potentially making the odd man out Gavin Lux.
Lux still hasn’t been able to cement himself as the everyday second baseman and could ultimately be used as trade bait. As the offseason continues, I personally feel it is becoming more likely that Enrique Hernandez doesn’t return. With the Twins continuing to pursue him, I ultimately think he ends up there.
With that being said, if Hernandez walks, the Dodgers don’t have a clear second baseman. Consequently, if they believe Lux still isn’t ready, then they can conceivably pursue Semien.
Back in 2019, Semien enjoyed a season in which he blasted 33 home runs and led the majors in plate appearances with 747 while hitting .285/.369/.522. His numbers fell drastically this shortened season only batting .223/.305/.374, albeit with 446 fewer at-bats.
If Hernandez indeed signs elsewhere, the door is open for the Dodgers to ideally sign either Semien or DJ LeMahieu. At this point, all we can is speculate.
As the offseason continues, it’s certainly an area of the roster to keep an eye on.