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Toronto Blue Jays: Positions to Improve Post Lockout

Evan Gignac
TORONTO, ON - MAY 16: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 16, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 16: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 16, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Sep 29, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) bats against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

One More Infielder

I don’t love this title, but, there needs to be a Marcus Semien replacement. It’s going to be difficult if at all possible to replicate his production and leadership. Nevertheless, the Blue Jays need to try if they’re going to be able to top other teams in the AL East. I love Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio as much as the next person, but I believe they work better in tandem as opposed to them playing separate positions. A platoon of both players at a single spot on the infield makes for a capable and impactful pair, with a combination of defense, contact, power, and plate discipline.

If this platoon is to happen, then an addition to the infield must be made. There exist a couple of best-case scenario options, as well as some more conservative considerations. If we’re talking about the believable players, it’s not far-fetched to think a trade package for Matt Chapman is in the cards. Another feasible option could be former MVP Kris Bryant, as he’d fit into that two spot in the lineup perfectly.

If you dare to dream, there exist two players who both fit this lineup and appease the fanbase perfectly: Jose Ramirez and Freddie Freeman. Both of these MVP calibre players would be quite the addition, and no doubt make the Blue Jays the AL East favourite. It’s easy to see either of them batting second in this lineup. Jose Ramirez would slot into third base perfectly but would have to be acquired via trade. Freeman, however, is a free agent. The catch, though, is his primary position of first base. Freeman has played first base almost exclusively throughout his career, with a handful of games at third. The thought process would be having Vladimir Guerrero Jr. either DHing more games or move to third base. The acquisition of both players has significant strings attached, but would no doubt be a game-changer for the franchise.

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