At this point, keeping Cavan Biggio on the roster hurts the Blue Jays more than it helps them
By Eric Treuden
For the Toronto Blue Jays, the Cavan Biggio experience needs to be coming close to an end. In year five of the relationship between big league player and team, the 28-year-old has been one of the worst players in all of Major League Baseball.
Through 28 games, Biggio, a fifth round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, has struggled mightily, posting a batting average of .141 with an OPS of just .453. His OPS+ sits at 27, which suggests that he is 73 percent below league-average at the plate this year. He has drawn just four walks while striking out 26 times, which equates to just under 38 percent of his at-bats.
This stint, while a small sample size overall, is just a continutation of a frustrating trend on Biggio's part dating all the way back to the 2020 campaign. For whatever reason, the guy has just completely lost it at the plate.
For what feels like forever now, fans of the team have said that Biggio's defensive versatility is what's keeping him around. But it is now time to argue if that flexibility is even worth keeping around. Biggio is a second baseman by trade and is capable of playing the corner outfield at a passable rate. At other times in his career, he has played each of the corner infield positions as well.
Here we are today, and the Blue Jays have filled their big league roster and high minor league rosters with players who also possess the exact same abilities. Sure, Biggio is one of the few to swing it from the left side, but does it really matter what side he swings the bat from if his bat doesn't touch the ball?
Not only are Santiago Espinal and Whit Merrifield on board as options that can bounce around the diamond, but the Blue Jays just recently selected the contract of another utilityman in Ernie Clement. Clement, 27, singled after entering Tuesday night's game as a defensive replacement. He absolutely torched minor league pitching prior to his being recalled to the big league roster.
Also on hand is trusty speedster Otto Lopez, who can play all over the diamond and has some highly impressive bat-to-ball skills. This is without mentioning young prospects like Addison Barger, who can play all over the infield, including shortstop, which Biggio cannot play.
Through and through, Biggio is beginning to hurt the Blue Jays much more than he's helping them. He has three minor league options remaining, so the club could always send him down to Triple-A Buffalo if they'd like to give him another shot down the line. All that is apparent right now, is that he does not belong on this team any longer.