How about Marcus Semien as a possible bargain option?

Though it isn’t the team’s most glaring need, there’s been plenty of discussion around the Blue Jays making an infield upgrade this off-season.

The two names we’ve heard about the most are Francisco Lindor, who was recently traded to the New York Mets, and DJ LeMahieu, who’s locked in a strange stalemate with the New York Yankees. One name we haven’t heard about at all — which is sort of shocking given the fact the Blue Jays have been reportedly in one just about everyone this winter — is Marcus Semien.
Over at FanGraphs, Craig Edwards wrote an interesting post about Semien, a player he believes could wind up as a great bargain addition.
Despite George Springer, Trevor Bauer, and LeMahieu getting attention as this year’s big free-agent names, Semien has actually accumulated the most WAR of any player on the open market over the past three seasons. Most of that comes from one very good season in 2019 that was sandwiched between two forgettable seasons in 2018 and 2020.
In 2019, Semien had what looked to be a breakout performance for the A’s. He slashed a .285/.369/.522 line with 33 homers and a strong 87-to-102 strikeout-to-walk ratio while playing …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Let’s make a deal for David Price and Andrew Benintendi

Starting pitching and the outfield are the two most glaring needs on the Blue Jays roster this offseason. If they get creative, they could fill both voids (or at least part of that void) in one fell swoop.
Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly a team looking to subtract. Yes, it’s this bizarre phenomenon among contending teams who are aiming to get under the luxury tax threshold. The Red Sox are projected to run a $211 million payroll in 2020, which exceeds the $208 million threshold.
Alex Speier of the Boston Globe laid out why the Red Sox are ultra-motivated to get under that $208 million threshold in 2020; because it will reset their penalty structure and could save them $90 to $100 million over the next three seasons.
The Toronto Blue Jays, meet the Boston Red Sox. Let’s make a deal, shall we?
The Red Sox have five players making more than $20 million in 2020. The Blue Jays have a need for starting pitching, but they could sorely use some help in the outfield. The Red Sox need salary relief; the Blue Jays need players; so why not send David Price and Andrew Benintendi over to the Blue Jays?
Price has three …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation