Toronto Blue Jays eyeing Andrelton Simmons: what’s the effect on the infield?

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 12: Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels looks on between innings. Blue Jays are interested in signing Simmons. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 12: Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels looks on between innings. Blue Jays are interested in signing Simmons. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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Andrelton Simmons makes an athletic throw to first base.
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Blue Jays Infield: Guerrero Jr. at first, Bichette at second, Biggio at third, and Simmons at short

If the Blue Jays sign Andrelton Simmons, he would be the clear starting shortstop. Unless he gets injured or hits .100 during the first month, he should be locked in. The reasons why are his .269 career batting average, and his four Gold Gloves. There is no good reason to start Bo Bichette over Andrelton Simmons.

Now that is settled, Bo Bichette’s situation will be interesting. He was asked about the possibility of the team bringing in a shortstop and he was not too happy about it.

"I would say that I’ve worked really hard at that position and it would be definitely disappointing if I had to move off, but at the same time if there was someone that’s a huge upgrade and could help us win a championship it’s something I wouldn’t get in the way of… I would definitely like to play the same position every day – I don’t think a platoon situation would be great – but I think that any way to make the team better I’m definitely open to. via Sports Net"

I do not blame Bichette. He must feel a little betrayed but it is the right thing to do if they decide to spend money for an upgrade in the infield. The infield coaches will need to work hard with Bichette on getting used to second base more, but I think he is more than capable. He just needs to trust the process and the coaches. Bichette has played a little bit of second base in the minor leagues which gives the team confidence. Being able to play second base would also increase his value in the future, sort of like Javier Baez.

At first base, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the most obvious choice. He either played DH or 1B during the 2020 season and is probably most suited for his defensive capabilities. Guerrero Jr. needs to take significant steps forward with his defense he wants to play a good third base for a potential playoff team. The benefit of having Guerrero Jr. on the field as opposed to DH, is it allows room for Rowdy Tellez into the lineup who hit well in 2020.

Finally at third base, the other young stud, Cavan Biggio. The 25-year-old has taken on the utility player role which has really helped the Blue Jays match up against other teams. He has only played 10 games at third base in the big leagues, but it is apparently something he is comfortable doing. I am more comfortable having Biggio play third than Guerrero Jr.