The Blue Jays have been a good offensive team this season, leading the AL in home runs and ranking fourth in runs scored.
But, the most amazing part about this is that they’ve done it despite getting little production from their second basemen.
Heading into the offseason, the biggest holes in Toronto’s lineup were considered to be at catcher and at second base.
While Anthopoulos addressed the problem at the catching position by releasing J.P. Arencibia and signing Dioner Navarro, he chose not to make any changes at second base.
Ryan Goins—who had hit .252/.264/.345 in 34 games with the team last year—was essentially handed the second-base job heading into 2014.
That turned out to be a mistake, as Goins hit just .150/.203/.217 in 24 games this season before being sent down to Triple-A Buffalo.
Since then, the Blue Jays have had a revolving door at second base. Maicer Izturis (who had a great start to the season but suffered a season-ending injury), Jonathan Diaz, Munenori Kawasaki, Chris Getz and Steve Tolleson have all seen time at the position. None of these players have emerged as a full-time candidate for the job.
Recently, the club has experimented with moving third baseman Brett Lawrie to second base and playing Juan Francisco at third base, but that’s not a long-term solution and only hurts the team’s defense going forward.
Toronto would have been much better off signing a player like shortstop Stephen Drew and shifting him to play second base.
Drew hit .253/.333/.443 in 124 games with the Boston Red Sox last year and would have been an immediate upgrade over any of the other players that the Blue Jays have played at second base this season.
Because Toronto had both of its first-round picks protected, signing Drew would’ve only cost the team a second-round pick in the upcoming MLB draft.