For the 2023 MLB season, the Toronto Blue Jays began the year with a revolving door of players for their second base position. That was because they had several capable players that could handle the position competently with Cavan Biggio, Santiago Espinal, and Whit Merrifield available at the helm.
As the season progressed, Merrifield started to pull away from the competition as he put together an All-Star year with the Jays, hitting .272 with 66 runs scored, 11 home runs, 67 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 145 games played. Not only did he provide the valuable run production that the Jays sorely needed, he was also able to hit effectively in various spots in their lineup.
However, towards the end of the season, he would struggle down the stretch as in September, he would hit only .181 with a .472 OPS, with just five runs scored, three doubles, and nine RBI. A red-hot Biggio eventually took over from Merrifield, as he suddenly became a huge contributor in the Jays’ everyday lineup right into the postseason.
So now with Merrifield, who had a firm hold of the starting second base position for the Jays for the bulk of the 2023 season, potentially heading into free agency, what are the possible options that are available for the Jays to choose from?
Here, we take a look at three viable options the Jays can undertake in finding their solution to their second base position for 2024.