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State of the Position: Blue Jays’ infield

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07.12.2019

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TORONTO — From a rotation group littered with questions yesterday in the first installment of this series to an infield with just one.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio are locked in for 2020, but first base is high on the shopping list with Justin Smoak now a free agent.

At this point, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins seems open to all different types of offensive profiles and the glove could play a role, as well.

“We’re trying to get better at every position defensively,” Atkins said. “I do think that (first base defence) is something that is potentially undervalued and the range of a first baseman’s ability, whether it be short throws, wide throws, high throws, and making infielders more confident to let the ball go is definitely a skill.”

Overall, the Jays’ young infield is expected to be the engine that drives this rebuild, and despite skepticism surrounding this regime’s ability to get things right, seeing this group together for their first full season is exciting for a frustrated fan base.

Starters

C—Danny Jansen, age-25

1B—Rowdy Tellez, age-25

2B—Cavan Biggio, age-25

3B—Vladimir Guerrero Jr., age-21

SS—Bo Bichette, age-22

Bench

C—Reese McGuire, age-25

3B/2B/OF—Brandon Drury, age-27

2B/SS/3B—Breyvic Valera, age-28

On the 40-man

2B/SS—Santiago Espinal, age-25

SS/2B—Richard Urena,........

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