WATCH: Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman already making insane web gems
Matt Chapman is one of the best defensive third basemen you will ever see in a baseball game. Of that there is little doubt.
The 29-year-old has three Gold Gloves under his belt as well as two Platinum Gloves and a Wilson Overall Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Over the course of his six-year big league career, Chapman has displayed an impressive blend of above-average offense to pair with his otherworldly defense. He has been worth 18.5 oWAR and 10.2 dWAR per Baseball Reference.
In Tuesday's Spring Training matchup against the Detoit Tigers in Dunedin, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt was doing an interview from the dugout with Sportsnet's Buck Martinez and Ben Wagner in the booth.
Martinez first asked Bassitt about how great Danny Jansen is to work with behind the plate. He followed that up with a question about Chapman, and how great is it to be teammates with him again (they played together in Oakland from 2017-2021).
As soon as Bassitt began to answer, Chapman made one heck of a defensive play at third base to rob Tigers catcher Donny Sands of what would have easily been a double down the left field line.
This has become the norm for Chapman over at third base. The man is an absolute ball magnet over there.
A pending free agent, it'll be interesting to see how he performs on an expiring contract. Assuming a contract extension is not reached, he will be hitting free agency for the first time and is in line for a massive contract.
After the Manny Machado extension in San Diego, Chapman's price tag is sure to go way, way up. Fortunately, the Blue Jays do have a pair of potential replacements for Chapman if he walks, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.