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Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Dee Strange-Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners scores on a passed ball against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the 10th inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Dee Strange-Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners scores on a passed ball against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the 10th inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Dee Strange-Gordon

Dee Strange-Gordon is no doubt one of the fastest runners in the major leagues. He may even be the fastest. The only problem is, running is almost all he can do.

In 2015, he posted a batting average of .333 which won him the batting title but he hasn’t been able to come close to that success since. Also the following year, he was given an 80-game suspension for performance enhancement drug use, which came as a surprise as Gordon is by no means a power hitter and the purpose of PEDs is usually reserved for power hitters.

In his career, he’s stolen at least 30 bases in six of 10 seasons with his highest total being 64 in 2014. He has 333 career swiped bags with a success rate of 76.9%.

The 2020 season was a brutal one for him as he slashed .200/.268/.213 with just three stolen bases and getting caught twice over 33 games.

Despite his poor 2020 season, he does hold a career batting average of .286.

While Gordon is no longer the Gold Glove caliber defensive player he used to be, he can still play solid defence at the keystone position, but that would mean bumping Cavan Biggio to a different spot on the field. Gordon also has experience playing centre field with the Seattle Mariners, but that experiment didn’t work out too well.

The Blue Jays could bring him in as a valuable bench piece and have him pinch run often.

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