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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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays throws to first.
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Blue Jays Infield: Shaw or Tellez at first, Bichette at second, Guerrero Jr. at third, Simmons at short

I prefer Guerrero Jr. at first base like I previously mentioned, but the young 21-year-old slugger is keen on winning back the third base position. Guerrero Jr. lost 23 pounds since the end of the MLB season.

He struggled at third base in his rookie season with 17 errors. Guerrero Jr. insists on coming back in 2021 as the third baseman for the Blue Jays and it might be likely since he is working hard to get slimmer. If Guerrero Jr. becomes the starting third baseman, it leaves first base up for grabs.

The Blue Jays could go to Travis Shaw, Rowdy Tellez, or even Cavan Biggio. But for me, I would want Biggio’s athleticism and speed in the outfield if he is not playing third or second base. That means Shaw and Tellez would be the first baseman in this scenario. The Blue Jays brought Shaw in with the hope of him repeating his Brewers days when he hit 30+ home runs. Shaw is also versatile and better defensivily than Tellez, who is more of a hitter.

Scenario two also assumes the same as scenario one, Simmons at shortstop. And Bichette becomes Andrelton Simmons’ double play partner. Even if Bo Bichette is not so happy about it, a Simmons and Bichette partnership up the middle could be very fun to watch. They could also arguable be the best middle infield due in 2021 if it were to happen. Now for the last scenario, we will move Bichette from second base.