Three free-agent additions that the SF Giants must make for 2022
Another plug-and-play guy is Marcus Simien. It just so happens that he may be a great fit in San Francisco for a variety of reasons.
Maybe the most fascinating reason to bring in Semien is the fact that he just had an MVP-caliber season with the Toronto Blue Jays. After all, he ended the year hitting .265/.334/.518 with 45 long balls and 115 RBI. He swiped 15 bags as well. The fact that he can steal a base makes him even more valuable since the Giants didn’t steal many bases last year, and sometimes runs have to be manufactured.
Secondly, Semien is no slouch with the leather either. He has very respectable fielding percentages all over the diamond. His best place, defensively, is second base where he has a career .982 fielding percentage. This is where he played the majority of his games in 2021. He’s also got a .969 fielding percentage when playing shortstop, which is where he’s played for the majority of his career before 2021. Then, there’s third base where he has a .903 fielding percentage. However, he’s only played 50 games there in his career, so it's still in small sample territory.
Maybe the best reason to bring in Simien is that he’s a Bay Area player. Semien grew up in San Francisco and went to the University of California - Berkeley. He enjoyed playing for the A’s, so a return to the Bay Area makes a lot of sense.