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Blue Jays: Ranking the best infield options that are still available

Aug 5, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) and second baseman Cavan Biggio (8) celebrate their win against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) and second baseman Cavan Biggio (8) celebrate their win against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 15, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) hits a two-run double against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) hits a two-run double against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

A viable free agent that’s still available

I’ve already mentioned that I thought the Blue Jays would be in a better position if they find a short-term solution, and there could be a reasonable option still on the free agent market in Kyle Seager.

The 34 year old spent last season with the surprising Seattle Mariners and had been a fixture in their lineup for the past 11 seasons. It looks like that long relationship has come to an end though, and it might be a chance for the Blue Jays to find a temporary solution while some of their premium prospects have a chance to further develop. In a perfect world, someone like Orelvis Martinez or Jordan Groshans would be a star third baseman in Toronto in a season or two, and Seager can likely be signed on a two-year deal for the right price.

He’s not a perfect solution for the Jays, but he does bring experience and veteran leadership to third base, and his left-handed bat would provide some balance to the lineup. Last season he slashed .212/.285/.438 with 35 home runs, 29 doubles, and 101 RBI, so he can still bring a power threat to the plate even if his on-base percentage leaves a lot to be desired. However, Seager wouldn’t have to be a star in the Blue Jays lineup with the presence of Guerrero Jr., Bichette, George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez, and more, he’d just need to be a reliable piece of the puzzle.

Personally, I’d like to see the Blue Jays aim a little higher, and I think there are higher ceiling options that they should look at first. Still, they could do worse than signing Seager to a short-term deal, and I imagine it’s still one of the options on the table at this point.

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