Batting eighth, Davis Schneider, 2B
Cavan Biggio could very well have turned his hot end-of-season performance into a starting gig next year, but the dream scenario here involves Schneider taking the reigns.
Schneider, 24, played in just 35 games in 2023 but they were memorable ones. He hit a home run in his first big league at-bat, he broke some all-time records and he became a fan favorite seemingly overnight. Giving him the starting spot in 2024 truly would be the best case scenario, as long as he's able to hold onto it once it's given to him.
Nobody is going to expect Schneider to continue his 175 OPS+ pace next year, but even a slight regression will be most welcomed for the Blue Jays. Let the young man play and see where he takes the team. Putting someone like Schneider in the eight-hole in the Blue Jays' lineup immediately gives them one of the best bottom-of-the-order bats in the entire league.
Batting ninth, Kevin Kiermaier, CF
While Kiermaier is already drawing interest from the division rival Yankees, it would be great to see the Blue Jays bring him back for another go-round. The 33-year-old continued to play some of the best defensive center field you'll ever see, but he also swung the bat at a much higher clip that most expected.
In 129 games, "KK" hit 8 home runs with 36 RBI, a .265 batting average and 104 OPS+. Most of these stats are the best he's had in a single year dating all the way back to the 2019 season. If he can be brought back on a one or two-year deal, Daulton Varsho could function as an oft-used fourth outfielder and the lineup will ultimately be stronger because of it.