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Toronto Blue Jays: Potential third base options for the 2021 season

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game Three of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 23, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game Three of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 23, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 17: Cavan Biggio #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields a ground ball during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 17, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 17: Cavan Biggio #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields a ground ball during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 17, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Internal Third Base Options

If the season were to start today, Cavan Biggio would be the Opening Day starter at third base much to the chagrin of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The signing of Semien shifts Biggio to the left side of the infield for the time being. The 25-year old played 10 games at third base last season making one error in 28 chances. He also has MLB time at all three outfield spots along with first and second base. Biggio probably isn’t going to win a Gold Glove anytime soon but he is an adequate defender who is more than willing to play anywhere to help the team win.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would love nothing more for a return to his natural position, however I am not sure many people share that same sentiment. Vladdy has lost a pile of weight this offseason in preparation for the move back to third base. However, the slugger didn’t do himself any favours defensively at third base during Winter Ball. It would appear that Vladdy and Rowdy Tellez will spell one another off at first base and designated hitter in 2021.

Semien has 50 career games at third base from his days with the White Sox in 2013-14 but it sounds like he is taking over second base.

Jordan Groshans is the only prospect who is near MLB ready after converting from shortstop to third base. Groshans will probably debut in 2022 unless he pushes the envelope but it sounds like he requires more seasoning in the minors. Austin Martin is also a third baseman/outfielder but he has yet to make his professional debut and is on a similar timeline to that of Groshans if he performs well in 2021.

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