Toronto Blue Jays: Marcus Semien- At what expense?

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 11: Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics wears a 9/11 patch on his hat before a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on September 11, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The Toronto Blue Jays inked slugger Marcus Semien to a one-year/ $18 million dollar pact earlier this offseason but at what expense?

The Blue Jays have thus far failed to address their starting rotation concern and the funds earmarked for Semien may have been better spent elsewhere. In light of the New York Mets signing Taijuan Walker to a 2-year/$20 million dollar deal, essentially one-year of Semien could have been two years of Walker.

Semien is a great signing and could put the offence over the top if he rebounds from a disappointing 2020 campaign, however, he may be more of a luxury than a necessity. Starting pitching is undoubtedly a necessity.

The 30-year old hit .223/.305/.374 with seven home runs in 53 games last season, although he did put up MVP caliber numbers in 2019 and is reportedly is a great clubhouse guy and leader on and off the field.

All you have to do is compare the Blue Jays projected rotation with the likes of the Padres, Dodgers and Mets to soon realize Toronto could be in trouble. Names like Tanner…

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