Blue Jays: Questions that need to be answered yet this season
From a projected cornerstone, to a question mark
To me, one of the most important questions the Blue Jays could answer over their last 40 games or so is what exactly they have in Cavan Biggio. Unfortunately there’s no certainty that they’ll even get that chance.
Biggio has been dealing with a nagging neck and back issues, and for the most part his performance in 2021 has been a giant disappointment. It’s very possible that the injuries have significantly affected his ability, and it would be great to get another look at him before the regular season is over. At this point he’s only managed a .215/.316/.350 slash line across 246 at-bats, good for just 0.3 bWAR.
The transition to third base didn’t work all that well for Biggio this year, even if he wasn’t as bad as many fans will tell you. That said, I don’t know that I’m ready to argue for him to get another crack at the hot corner, and it might be a position the Blue Jays have to address in free agency. I could see it making sense to move Biggio back to second base if Semien signs elsewhere, but even that’s a bit of a gamble at this stage. More likely I’m sure the front office would prefer to use him as a super-utility guy, and ideally force his way into the lineup with above-average performance.
For now Biggio continues to play on a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, but even that hasn’t gone terribly well thus far. He had a better evening on Thursday with a multi-hit game, so hopefully that’s the start of something positive for the 26 year old. Ideally he’ll be able to make his way back to the big leagues before the regular season, and hopefully then he can find the same success he did prior to the year.