The Blue Jays lineup will feel the loss of Marcus Semien in 2022, but there are ways that they can make up for the production he provided last season.
That won’t be easy after the Blue Jays hit the jackpot by signing the then 31 year old infielder to a one year, 18 million dollar pact. All they got back for that roll of the dice was the 3rd place finishing the AL MVP race, and a performance so good it also earned him Silver Slugger and Gold Glove award, and a spot on the All-MLB team. The California native ended up slashing .265/.334/.538 with most home runs ever hit in a single season by a second baseman with 45, adding 39 doubles, 102 RBI, and 15 stolen bases for a 7.3 bWAR season. It couldn’t have gone a lot better in a single season showing.
Now that Semien has signed a fresh seven-year contract with the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays have to find a way to replace that kind of production, and that’s all but impossible to do. That said, I think Ross Atkins and the front office team have the Jays well set up to navigate life after their star second baseman, and there are a number of ways they can make up for his loss.
How do the Jays even begin to go about something like that? It’s not the easiest thing to address at the moment with baseball being frozen in a lockout situation, but at some point things will get going again when a CBA gets hammered out.
When that happens, let’s have a look at how the Blue Jays can try to make up for Semien’s production.