Blue Jays: Four roster moves the club should already be considering
By Edward Eng
2. Whit Merrifield should be the primary starter at second base
To start the season, John Schneider employed a rotational system of three players to play at second base, which included Whit Merrifield, Cavan Biggio and Santiago Espinal. By having all three players share the one designated position, it has affected their production (some more than others).
Of this trio, Merrifield is the only one that has still been able to maintain decent production to date, hitting .273 with five runs scored, six RBI and two stolen bases. On the other hand, both Biggio and Espinal are underperforming substantially compared to their career numbers. To be successful in the long run, it’s best to have the position stabilized, knowing that one could trust them day in and day out to help out the team both offensively and defensively on a consistent basis.
With George Springer, Kevin Kiermaier and Daulton Varsho already providing stable production from the outfield slots, Merrifield should be given the everyday duties at second base, while Biggio and Espinal can try to work things out with spot starts backing up Merrifield or another position (Biggio can cover first base and the outfield, and for Espinal, shortstop and third base). With Merrifield no longer the utility man, the recently-recalled Nathan Lukes can also serve as the backup to all the outfielders when they need a day off.