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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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DENVER, COLORADO – AUGUST 01: Chris Owings #12 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates at a distance in the second inning after scoring on a error on a pick off throw to first base by Joey Lucchesi of the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on August 01, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO – AUGUST 01: Chris Owings #12 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates at a distance in the second inning after scoring on a error on a pick off throw to first base by Joey Lucchesi of the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on August 01, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Chris Owings

Chris Owings can play a lot of positions on the field. He’s primarily a middle infielder, but can also play centre field, right field, and a little bit of third base. Defensively, he’s best suited at the shortstop, where he has a very good career fielding percentage of .993.

He has spent majority of his eight year career (six seasons) with the Arizona Diamondbacks slashing .250/.291/.378 with 70 stolen bases. He then signed with the Kansas City Royals in the 2018-19 offseason, but struggled and ultimately got released. Later that season, he got picked up by the Red Sox but he still struggled. Overall on the 2019 season, he slashed .139/.209/.233 with a lot more strikeouts (78) than hits (25).

2020 was a bounce back season of sorts for Owings as he played in 17 games with the Rockies recording 11 hits with a .268/.318/.439 slash line.

He may use the 2020 season as a pathway to seeking a major league deal. Many teams will most likely not offer him a major league contract as they would see his stats being boosted by playing at the very hitter friendly Coors Field, and would look at his previous seasons showing how that’s not the player he typically is.

As he will likely end up on a minor league deal with a chance to crack the big league roster no matter what team he signs with, the Blue Jays could jump in here and attempt to bring him on their side.

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