Reason Marcus Semien Fits With The SF Giants:
3. Depth & Movable Assets
On the surface, it may seem like a strange fit for the Giants. They already have a glut of infielders. However, none are currently under team control long-term. Donovan Solano, Brandon Belt, and Brandon Crawford are free agents after next season, while the team holds a team option on Flores. Third baseman Evan Longoria’s contract expires the following year as well.
Adding Semien on a short-term deal wouldn’t answer the Giants long-term questions but would give the Giants the flexibility to explore trades for that group’s members. Given the roster’s obvious holes in the bullpen and starting rotation, Flores or Solano would be solid pieces to offer to teams with holes on the infield but a surplus of arms.
By the trade deadline, Semien himself could play his way onto other team’s wish lists. The Giants have shown a willingness in the past to take on money to make a deal. Teams will be interested in Semien even if he has a solid but unspectacular first-half. By paying down whatever salary is agreed to, San Francisco could easily recoup a prospect next July.
Even though the Giants already have several infielders, most don’t have an obvious replacement. Assuming Mauricio Dubón remains a primary centerfielder, Longoria, Crawford, and Solano are the only real everyday options at their positions. Semien would change that.