Toronto Blue Jays May Have Second Base Solution In Brett Lawrie

By Andy Schmidt
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays have struggled in a big way to start the 2013 season.

The Blue Jays worked their way to a 5-7 record going into Monday’s game, and there is news now that the team will try out the idea of having Brett Lawrie move to second base during his rehab stint to see if he can play the position. It would be a very interesting plan to make up for the loss of Jose Reyes in the lineup and the moves that resulted from that injury.

Lawrie has played third base exclusively while in Toronto but did play some second base when he was in the minor leagues a few years ago, so he has done it before. The team has already moved Jose Bautista in from right field to take over third base so moving Lawrie to second base, if only for a little while, sounds right to me.

He has the talent to move up there and if he can prove he can handle playing there, could find a permanent home.

I know the Blue Jays would prefer to have Lawrie at third base for their future but with high expectations on the team this season, it may be time to just move him over for now and bring his powerful bat with him. Toronto needs a shot in the arm and Lawrie’s return will give them that.

The biggest question will obviously be where Lawrie plays when he returns. I believe that Lawrie can handle a new position and could be so good at it that he stays there even after Reyes returns.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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