Toronto Blue Jays: Should Cavan Biggio be the permanent third baseman?
By Amy Sarkany
If someone had told me back in 2019 that young core member Cavan Biggio would be playing more third base than second base in 2021, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But after shortened seasons, new players, too many injuries and team defensive struggles, one can see why the Blue Jays would be mixing things up.
Throughout his entire major and minor league career, Biggio has always primary played second base, with a few games at third and in the outfield, but never on a permanent basis in a different position. For example, in his entire minor league career, he played 264 games at second base, versus 47 games at third base.
During the offseason the Jays signed veteran infielder Marcus Semien, a decision that is definitely paying off, but it did force them to move Biggio to the hot corner. Normally a move like this wouldn’t matter as much, especially considering the contributions that Semien has added this year, but Biggio is a big part of this franchise going forward. This does ponder the question, should he be the regular everyday third baseman for the Jays?
It certainly seems like that is what they are trying to accomplish this season, but in my opinion, I don’t see this change becoming permanent for Biggio for the rest of his career in Toronto. Although he seemed to be improving before his injury, having committed six errors so far on the season, I’m not the only one that thinks that he doesn’t look entirely comfortable at third base.
As much as I would love to see him back at second base where he has thrived the most, Semien seems to be sticking to second base for this year, and with his defensive experience and steady glove, I probably wouldn’t move him either.
It seems that the best option for the Jays is to have Biggio stick it out at third base this year, and he seems to be improving as he gets more time there. Next season however is a different story, as Semien is only signed to a one year contract with the Jays. If Semien decides to sign somewhere else, this would then free up second base to go to Cavan, which in my opinion, is where the Jays will see the most successful version of Biggio for the following seasons to come as they continue to advance into the strong team we know they are.