4. Javier Baez, Marcus Semien
Much like with the first selection, this is a bit of a cop-out ranking both Baez and Semien together. Though they are considered part of the “Big 5” shortstops, Baez and Semien are more of the tier 2 starters of the group.
Don’t be fooled though, they aren’t tier 2 players, just not in the same option class as the number 1 guys. Like the option 1 guys, they would be invaluable pieces, showing the seriousness the front office has promised for moving into a more competitive status. They would also most likely be your starting 2nd baseman instead of shortstop, since both have already made the transition.
In 2021 they both hit for a .265 average with Baez mashing 31 home runs and Semien walloping 45. Baez (28) is 2 years younger than Semien but both are looking for a contract in the same range of 5-6 years for $21-23 million AAV. Semien, is most likely to get the larger contract for the aforementioned 45 home runs and a 7.3 WAR as compared to a 4.5 WAR but Baez finished the season stronger with a .299 batting average and 9 home runs over his final 47 games with the Mets.