Cincinnati Reds: 4 free agents worth overpaying this offseason

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 22: Didi Gregorius #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 22: Didi Gregorius #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 06: Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics fields ground ball. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

4. Marcus Semien, Shortstop

If the Cincinnati Reds cannot land Didi Gregorius, signing Marcus Semien may be a solid backup plan. We stated earlier that the Reds cannot go into the season without addressing the shortstop position and Semien is one of the better middle infielders available this winter. Semien is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to sign for one-year at $15M.

Given that the Reds are hopeful for José García to grow into the shortstop position with some more seasoning int the minor leagues next season, adding a player like Semien on a one-year deal may be the ideal scenario for Cincinnati. The Philadelphia Phillies did the same thing with Didi Gregorius last offseason and it paid off well.

Semien, just like Gregorius last winter, is not headed into free agency on a high note. The former sixth-round pick hit just .223 last season and the .679 OPS was his worst since he played just 64 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2014. Semien finished third in the AL MVP race in 2019 while hitting .285 with 33 home runs and a career-best .892 OPS.

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Marcus Semien has been grouped in with Andrelton Simmons as the second-tier of shortstops available this winter, but I believe Semien is much better than Simmons. While Simmons’ glove may be superior, that was definitely not the case last season. Semien is a fine defensive shortstop in his own right with 13 defensive runs saved during his career according to FanGraphs.