Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien may not seem like the most straightforward fit on the SF Giants roster, but Marc Delucchi opines that he’s a perfect fit in San Francisco.
Marcus Semien was hoping to lead the Oakland Athletics to their first deep postseason run in decades this season. However, the division-rival Houston Astros spoiled their championship dreams in the American League Divisional Series. As they head into a particularly uncertain offseason, Semien enters free agency.
As the A’s look to maintain their peak form, the SF Giants are looking to join them among the league’s elite. Even following the layoffs of 10% of their full-time staff, the Giants remain one of the best-equipped clubs to take advantage of an unprecedented free-agent market. Between the expiring liabilities owed to Jeff Samardzija and Zack Cozart alone, the franchise clears roughly $30 million from it’s expected balance sheet in 2021.
Given the team’s stingy approach to the last couple of offseasons, those savings are compounded over the past two years of trading sizable contracts (e.g., Mark Melancon) or letting them expire (e.g., Hunter Pence and Madison Bumgarner).
While most coverage centers on the revenue losses for MLB teams, they also saved money on salary commitments from opt-outs (Buster Posey received $0 of his scheduled $21.4 million salary in 2021) and only paid the pro-rated salaries of those who did participate.
Semien has been an undeniable star for the A’s, even before they became contenders. He’d easily be the biggest name acquisition of Farhan Zaidi’s tenure in San Francisco and would be a perfect fit for next season’s Giants.