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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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ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels slips on the infield as he throws out Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres at first base in the ninth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 3, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels slips on the infield as he throws out Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres at first base in the ninth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 3, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Andrelton Simmons

Shortstop is arguably the most important position in baseball and Andrelton Simmons is the best defensive player at that position in the whole game. In fact, he might be the best defensive shortstop since Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith who’s in the Hall of Fame.

For his glove work, he has won multiple awards to prove how good of a defender he is. To his name, he has four Gold Glove awards, was named the Wilson best Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, which is given to the best player on defence in all of baseball. It doesn’t just stop there though as he’s won a variety of other awards for his defensive work.

When it comes to holding a bat, he’s nothing too special. He’s a career .269/.317/.379 hitter but he can really put the ball to the bat, as he doesn’t strikeout often, with the most times he’s went down on strikes in a season being 67 occurrences.

He opted out in the last week of the 2020 season, but in the 30 games he did play he slashed .297/.346/.356 with 35 hits. He also missed time with an injury.

With the Blue Jays being a weak defensive team, they would really benefit from the addition of Simmons to their roster. They have apparently already expressed interest in him as a free agent and were also linked to him at the trade deadline.

If he does come to Toronto, that would likely expel Bo Bichette from the shortstop position.

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