4 position players the Blue Jays should target as minor league depth

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1B/3B Edwin Rios

Another left-handed hitter with pop, the soon to be 30 year old Edwin Rios is also on the market. A sixth round pick of the Dodgers out of Florida International University in 2015, Rios has a career 101 OPS+ through parts of five seasons with the Dodgers and Cubs.

Rios has a career .877 OPS in the minor leagues and made his major league debut in 2019. That year he got into 28 games with the Dodgers, hitting to a 1.010 OPS and getting on base at a .393 clip. The next season he was apart of the World Series winning Dodgers club, getting into 32 games and clubbing 8 homers over 32 games. The next few seasons Rios maintained a part-time role spending time at all corner positions.

After the 2022 season Rios was granted free agency by the Dodgers, then signed with the Chicago Cubs prior to last years spring training. Rios spent the majority of his season in Triple-A Iowa, hitting to a .818 OPS over 42 games with the minor league Cubs. The slugging left hander only got into 18 games with Chicago last year, managing just a .071 batting average with one homer. 

Rios has played 20 games in winter ball this offseason, though hasn’t exactly set the world on fire and is without a home run in Puerto Rico.

Still, entering his age 30 season and having had pockets of success over his professional career, Rios would be worth taking a flyer on this offseason and giving him a look during spring training. Rios is a similar player to Tsutsugo, and would fill essentially the exact same role as him. One of these left-handed, power hitting, corner infield and outfield playing bats would serve as solid depth for the Blue Jays, and they’re both worth keeping an eye on.