A's shortstop Marcus Semien had an impressive 2019 season despite not receiving any honors. As his free agency looms, both player and team appear to be interested in discussing an extension.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported the 2019 AL MVP hopeful "has told the A's he's interested" in an extension:
Marcus Semien has told A's he's interested in extension. Not only is he a Bay Area native and Cal product but the A's showed faith in him for years, enabling his stardom. They would love to keep Semien and will talk but it's tough for A's. He could be huge free agent after 2020.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 26, 2019
Heyman also said the A's would love to hold on to the Bay Area native and it's easy to see why.
Last season, the 29-year-old slashed .285/.369/.522 with 33 home runs and 92 RBI. He also started each of the 162 games and led the league in plate appearances. His plate disciple and defense improved as well.
In 2020, Semien will be in his final season of team control through arbitration. According to MLB Trade Rumors, he's projected to make $13.5 million.
Both parties being interested in one another doesn't mean much, especially when Semien has plenty of leverage coming off the season he just had with free agency approaching. He also just switched agencies.
Semien will turn 30 next September, which could worry some teams. However, he doesn't appear to be the type to wear down after blowing out 30 candles on his birthday cake.
It's difficult to picture him signing a six or seven-year deal, especially as someone who doesn't have an expanded resume of accomplishments. He deserved more honors.
The A's could reach deeper into their pockets, but that's not a characteristic they're known for.