Astros: 3 free agent shortstops that aren’t Carlos Correa

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Houston Astros, Marcus Semien
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Although a former American League West foe, Marcus Semien would be a nice addition to the Astros.

Marcus Semien played second base last year for the Toronto Blue Jays and had a monster offensive season with 45 home runs, 102 RBI and an OPS+ of 133. He played shortstop for six years (780 games) in Oakland, but his defense at the position was not good.

His 131 wRC+ in 2021 was right behind Correa’s (134) and the 133 OPS+ is actually a couple ticks higher than Correa’s. The fly in the ointment is as a shortstop with Oakland Semien had a negative OAA every season, and at 31-years-old, he’s not a long term answer.

Summary: Above average bat that has Crawford Boxes written all over it, bad defense at short, older than preferred.