The Blue Jays world has now had over 24 hours to handle the recent acquisition of Daulton Varsho for Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Gabriel Moreno. The next conversation is how does the outfield play out? Who is playing where and who is the fourth outfielder?
If what Kevin Kiermaier said is true and he is the legitimate starting center fielder, that would answer who is up the middle. If Kiermaier was told the job is his to lose, you’d have to expect that Ross Atkins would stick by his word as to continue to earn trust with future free agents. That leaves Varsho in left field and George Springer in right. Both players have played more of their time in center field and right field with very limited time in left.
With those three outfielders, you have to imagine that both Kiermaier and Springer will require several days off their feet. My way too early assumption is that Alejandro Kirk and Springer will likely each use two DH days out of every five days and Kiermaier will likely get one or two days off every five days. This means you need a fourth outfielder to fill in at least three out of every five games, with the occasional day off for Varsho, who will also serve as the third-string catcher.
I’ve looked through the free agent market and I don’t see a player that Blue Jays should target to fill that outfield role, as Raimel Tapia is likely the best option to fill that position. With nobody on the open market, the Blue Jays will likely fill the spot internally and here are their options.