Ryan Goins has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo by the Toronto Blue Jays. Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Goins optioned to Triple-A Buffalo by Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays announced tonight that second baseman Ryan Goins has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

Goins, 26, has struggled this season and is batting only .150/.203/.217 in 24 games with nearly 60% of his ball in play being grounders. It was a bit puzzling that the Blue Jays didn’t make more of a push to upgrade at second base this off-season, which was a black hole of production last year. However even GM Alex Anthopoulos recently admitted on the ESPN Tonight podcast with Buster Olney that his team could do better at second base.

Goins batted .257/.311/.369 for the Buffalo Bisons during 2013 in what was his first taste of the International League. We’ll have to see if Goins is able to get going in Triple-A but at 26 he likely is who is he – a light-hitting, very good defensive player who fits the role of a utility infielder much better than a major league starting second baseman.

If I had to guess it will either be Munenori Kawasaki or Chris Getz who is called up with the corresponding roster move.

Update: According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, “multiple sources” have confirmed it will be Getz who gets the call. He’s currently not on the 40-man roster so another move will be required before the Jays can officially add him to the roster.

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