Who will be the starting second baseman for the Blue Jays in 2023?
The Blue Jays could be in for some roster turnover this offseason, and that could include a bit of a glut that’s developed at second base.
Throughout the 2022 campaign the Jays actually had a fair bit of stability in their starting lineup. They dealt with a few injuries to George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. each also missed some time, and they saw two IL stints for Danny Jansen, among other trips to the Injured List for the roster, but most of their hitters had a pretty healthy season overall. That meant that we saw a pretty steady presence at the hot corner from Matt Chapman with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on the other corner, and 157 games from Bo Bichette at shortstop as well.
The position that had the biggest revolving door would be at second base, and in a lot of ways that was by design. Both Charlie Montoyo and John Schneider had the option to use a platoon at the position, and that’s often the strategy that was utilized. Looking ahead, there’s a decent chance they could continue that plan into 2023 as well, but that could also depend on a few of the roster decisions that they’ll make over the winter.
While we wait for Ross Atkins and company to make those decisions, I thought it would be fun to review who the Blue Jays could line up as their regular starter in 2023. They finished the year with at least 3-4 options on their big league roster, and all of those players remain under contract control for next season and beyond.
Let’s have a look.