The Toronto Blue Jays 2021 season did not end the way the team and the fans had hoped it would. Missing out on the postseason after battling right until the final game of the season.
The Blue Jay’s management now has the daunting task of figuring out how they’re going to replace key players and most notably their All-star second baseman Marcus Semien, and the production that he provided the team during the season. Finding another second baseman isn’t the hard part for Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro, however, replacing Marcus Semien’s defensive skills and his offensive production will surely be a difficult task this off-season.
Marcus Semien quickly became a fan favorite in Toronto and provided veteran experience to a young and talented Blue Jay’s lineup. His consistency at the plate and his always reliable defense was crucial to the success that the Blue Jay’s had during the 2021 campaign.
In 2021 Semien had 173 hits, he added 45 Homers which became the new record for home runs by a second baseman in one season, he also finished with 102 RBI’s.
This was a career-best season for the veteran infielder and his offensive production will attract plenty of teams this off-season. This does not mean that Toronto is not able to bring Marcus Semien back next season, however, with his current price tag likely to increase the Blue Jay’s will have to get creative to afford him.
A replacement for Marcus Semien is likely to come from within the Blue Jays organization, with plenty of young talent on the rise in Toronto’s minor league system we could see a familiar face playing second in 2022. There is not many options available that would be considered an upgrade at second base on the market so instead of paying out more money it’s very feasible that the Blue Jays promote from within.
The 31-Year Old Marcus Semien was reportedly offered an extension from the Blue Jays during the season, ultimately it was turned down by Semien as he will have his fair share of teams to choose from. The Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, and the Chicago Cubs are all looking at bolstering their lineups and are in need of a middle infielder.
The Blue Jays have plenty of work to be done during the offseason and they will be faced with plenty more before spring training gets underway next spring. Robbie Ray is an upcoming free agent and he showed exactly how valuable he can be as a starting pitcher with an impressive season in 2021.
The Blue Jays will look to make a push for the postseason but they will have to find a way to fill the voids left by the pending free agents that’ll be sought after following impressive 2021 campaigns.
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