It’s Time for the Blue Jays to (Sometimes) Play Russell Martin at 2B
The Toronto Blue Jays have a problem; their very good starting second baseman is injured again. As a result of Travis’ unfortunate injury, the current second base platoon of Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins has resulted in minimal offensive production. Even though other options such as the likes of minor leaguer Jason Leblebijian, or free agent Brett Lawrie, and a wide assortment of trade targets from across the major leagues have been discussed, the fact remains that if a move like that was coming, it’s likely that it would have occurred by now. Instead, we’re seemingly stuck with the mediocre performance of Barney and Goins in the meantime.
The recent acquisition Miguel Montero doesn’t appear to change anything on the surface, but rather appears to be an overall upgrade over a historically bad offensive performer in Luke Maile. Although this is likely the most clear reason for making the move, it could indirectly improve Toronto’s second base situation by making one simple change; make Russell Martin the Jays second baseman, at least on a part time basis.
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