Although it may not seem that realistic due to their busy offseason only one year ago, the Toronto Blue Jays could very well be more active than most baseball minds would think during the MLB offseason. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, the Blue Jays have already expressed interest in trying to strengthen their infield by acquiring a new second baseman.
Gordon Beckham of the Chicago White Sox had a relatively disappointing 2013 season, hitting .267 with only 24 RBIs and a career-low five home runs. Perhaps this is the reason why the Blue Jays feel as if they can acquire the former eighth overall pick even though they don’t have much to offer in return. Their farm system has been diminished by the prospects they gave up to the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets before last season.
Beckham would offer solid defense up the middle of the diamond while being more of a threat in the batter’s box despite his relatively unproductive season at the plate in 2013. The Blue Jays’ other options at second base consist of Munenori Kawasaki and defensive guru Ryan Goins. Both players have some value to them, but hit very low for averages and lack any sort of power in their stroke.
The 2013 season marked the first time since 2010 that Beckham played fewer than 130 games due to suffering a broken bone in his right hand. The Blue Jays have to be searching for someone that can add durability and stability to their infield, where they have seen a number of lengthy injuries occur over the past few seasons.
If he returns to normal health and form over the offseason, Beckham would add both of these characteristics to what already looks to be a dynamic and speedy infield going into 2014. The Blue Jays should continue to pursue Beckham as their new second baseman as he would add some pop to their lineup from a position that doesn’t traditionally have much of it.