With Giannis Off the Table, What’s Next for the Miami Heat?
For years, the Miami Heat have game planned for the 2021 free agency class. However, with Giannis Antetokounmpo signing his extension with Milwaukee, 2021 free agency is no longer attractive and all the planning has gone by the wayside. So what’s next for the Heat?
After a career year in 2019, Marcus Semien struggled to find his footing in the shortened 2020 season. Semien played in all 162 games in 2019. He combined superb defense and a strong bat to place third in American League MVP voting. With that in mind, let’s take a look at his market this offseason.
Tommy La Stella had a solid 2020 season between the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics. After tapping into more power than he ever had before in 2019 (his first year with the Angels), he showed more of the same in the shortened season.
Free agent Joc Pederson is hitting the market for the first time this offseason. While there are bigger fish out there, Pederson can certainly help a team looking for good power from the left side of the plate.
Marcell Ozuna will be a hot commodity this offseason. While he played most of his games at designated hitter last season, Ozuna is still an above-average fielder at each of the corner outfield spots. As one of the premier bats on the market, he should cash in.
After taking a hard line drive to the head off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton during “Spring Training 2.0”, Masahiro Tanaka came back to have a respectable 2020 season. He made 10 starts during the regular season and two in the postseason. The Japanese-born right-hander has had an up-and-down seven big league seasons with the New York Yankees. He now looks to earn a new contract in an uncertain offseason. Let’s take a look at what his market may look like.
After having one of his best seasons in 2019, Michael Brantley put up another solid performance in 2020. Though he missed 14 games due to a quad injury, he remained one of the key bats in the Houston Astros’ lineup during the abbreviated season.
After the New York Yankees let him walk, Sir Didi Gregorius signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies last offseason. The shortstop will turn 31 prior to the 2021 season. He could be putting on the fifth new threads of his career.