2015 Blue Jays Defence, better than last years?

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Mar 1, 2015; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop

Jose Reyes

(7) during spring training workouts at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


This is one position where the Jays and their fans know what they will be getting. For over $20 million, it isn’t much. According to FanGraphs, the Jays were ranked 20th in shortstop defence. That doesn’t accurately capture the position being that their primary shortstop, Jose Reyes, ranked last among the five other defenders who took reps at the position last season.

And that will basically be the same this season. Reyes isn’t going anywhere and at 31 years-old playing on artificial turf won’t help. The thought of him improving on his 93rd rank is something of a pipe dream at best.

Short story is the Jays will, as a team, likely improve defensively because Reyes will likely not play as many games (138) at short as he did last year. His colleagues should provide better defence when Reyes needs a day off but that may cost them offensively.

At short, the Jays will have to pick their poison with not a lot of depth to work with.