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There’s going to be a lot of arguing about whether the Jays should trade Devon Travis or keep him and use Goins as a utility player, but either way the Jays may get the best defensive player at the position. IF Travis earns the job and his bat is as advertised, he could give Pedroia a run for his money as the top 2B in the A.L. East. The surprise from last season was the performance of Forsythe who really took over the position for the Rays and had a great year overall. If he can replicate that, he’ll take 2nd or 3rd in the division.
Rob Refsnyder was supposed to earn the 2B job in NY to begin the season but lost the opportunity to Stephen Drew who provided some pop but not much else. When he did get his shot, he made the most of it with a .302/.348/.512 line in his short stint (47 PA). He could be a difference maker for an infield that needs to get younger in NY.
Side Note: Jon Berti was listed as the 3rd option for the Jays but has yet to play in MLB. He played all positions last year except for 1B and RF, indicating that the Jays may be preparing him to fulfil a utility role. If the Jays deal either Goins or Travis, he could earn a bench spot. His highlight in use offensively would be his effectiveness vs LHP, as shown by his .373/.431/.475 line in AA.
Ranking: 1. Pedroia, 2. Travis, 3. Schoop, 4. Forsythe, 5. Refsnyder
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