4. What to do with Cavan Biggio and Santiago Espinal?
At the beginning of the season, Schneider employed a rotational system at second base between Whit Merrifield, Biggio and Espinal with regards to playing time, with Merrifield and Biggio getting some spot starts in the outfield when needed as well. Now three months into the season, it has become evident that Merrifield has secured his spot as an everyday player in the lineup, and for the month of June, has seen his workload at second base increase to over two-thirds of his starts.
As a result, this has left both Biggio and Espinal as reserve bench players for pretty much the past month, with the occasional spot starts in the field as needed. With Biggio currently in his fifth year in the organization, along with Espinal coming off a year in which he was even selected to the All-Star game, both players definitely believe they are more than capable being an everyday MLB starter. However, with playing time becoming more and more limited in the Jays’ lineup, along with their production being below standards and thus not warranting them a spot in the day-to-day lineup so far this year, should the Jays start thinking about the future on what to do with these two once promising players?
As much as the Jays prefer to keep both Biggio and Espinal as backup utilityman on the ballclub for flexibility, the best way to resolve the issue is eventually dealing at least one (or both) of them to obtain back assets that would help the ballclub, and promote potentially MLB-ready prospects in Addison Barger and/or Otto Lopez who may be more willing to fill the role of part-time duty at this stage in their careers. At the same time, Biggio and/or Espinal would finally get back their starting time with a brand new club with a fresh start. Something will need to be done soon so that everyone can benefit and be happy in the long run.