Blue Jays: How can they replace Teoscar Hernandez?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC, United States. The Blue Jays played as the home team due to their stadium situation and the Canadian governmentÕs policy on COVID-19. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC, United States. The Blue Jays played as the home team due to their stadium situation and the Canadian governmentÕs policy on COVID-19. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 25: Cavan Biggio #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action in the fourth inning during the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field on February 25, 2020 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 25: Cavan Biggio #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action in the fourth inning during the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field on February 25, 2020 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Option 3- Move Biggio to CF, Grichuk to RF, and Espinal or Panik to 2B

A good thing that comes with Cavan Biggio is his versatility as he can play second, first, and centerfield. He’s been the Blue Jays primary second baseman but has played at the other positions mentioned.

In his career, he’s made two starts at center which consisted of 14 innings of errorless fielding. Biggio moving out to center would push Grichuk to right which as mentioned in option one, he has the arm and experience to play at the nine.

This would leave an opening at second which can be covered by Panik or Espinal. Panik has played all over the infield this season except for first base and has yet to make an error. Despite the Jays bringing out the versatility in him, he’s a primary second baseman who won a Gold Glove at that position in 2016. While he hasn’t shown it this year, Panik is a fantastic contact hitter who rarely strikes out.

The other option to take Biggio’s old spot on the field is Espinal. While he can play four positions on the diamond (2B, 3B, SS, and LF) he’s only played short and third this season with the majority of his appearances coming up the middle. He could make his first appearance at the keystone at the big league level which would be no adjustment or difficulty for him. He’s played some solid defence too as well as he’s only made one error in 15 games.

While unlikely, another thing they could do is move Villar over to second base, a position that he has lots of experience playing and have Espinal play short.

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