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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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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 01: Jonathan Villar #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 01: Jonathan Villar #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Which option is the best?

To recap, there are three different options that Charlie Montoyo has to replace the playing time of Hernandez now that he’s down with an injury.

With Bichette currently on the injured list as well, the smart decision is probably to have Villar at shortstop. While Espinal has experience playing short, it would be better for the team to have a veteran at that position especially with the Jays just holding onto a playoff spot. Also, shortstop is the games’ arguably most important position making it more important to have an experienced player occupying the right side of second.

With Bichette not healthy, the best choice I think would be option three. Biggio has the experience captaining the outfield and we’d have Grichuk in right who has a strong arm to get runners out from afar.

Montoyo would then have a choice to make at second, either a contact hitter and a quality defensive player in Panik or a younger, versatile, and a guy who can run a bit in Espinal.

Once Bichette returns though, option one is the one Montoyo has to go with. Bichette makes the team much better and having Villar in the starting lineup will make the team stronger while giving the Blue Jays a better chance to win. The top of the lineup with Villar and Bichette would be a nice sight to behold too.

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What option do you think the Jays should go with?

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