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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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KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 5: Third baseman Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 5: Third baseman Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

Third Base Trade Options

There has been some chatter in recent weeks that the Blue Jays and Cubs could be a match for a possible Kris Bryant trade. The proposed deal makes sense for both sides as Chicago is poised for a rebuild and the Blue Jays are thin at third base.

The 29-year old is coming off a disastrous 2020 campaign and still owed $19.5 million before hitting free agency at the conclusion of the 2021 season. Bryant hit .206/.293/.351 with four homers in just 34 games last season.

The three-time All Star is a career .280/.380/.508 with 142 homers and a 24.3 WAR over six MLB seasons. Bryant would be an interesting addition especially if the Blue Jays could land pitcher Kyle Hendricks in the package, however, I am sure the prospect capital going back to Chicago would be steep.

Not sure if Jose Ramirez is in play but it wouldn’t surprise me if he was following the Francisco Lindor trade. Ramirez is owed just $9 million this season with two team friendly team options for 2022 & 23. It would take a hefty bounty that probably starts with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. but it may be something worth exploring. Can you imagine the damage that lineup would do?

The other third base blockbuster would involve Colorado and their franchise player Nolan Arenado. Again the asking price would be tremendously high coupled with a $199 million dollar salary over the next six seasons. The financial commitment may have been an easier sell prior to the George Springer signing.

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Who do you think the Blue Jays will go with at the hot corner for 2021?

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