As the 2017 season approaches, the Blue Jays still have some questions around second base. It is not clear whether or not Devon Travis will be healthy enough to start the year. As such, the Jays might be in the market for some insurance. Per Jim Bowden, they have reportedly expressed an interest in reuniting with a familiar face:
Royals, Jays, Mets and Rays are among the teams that have interest in Brett Lawrie according to sources. https://t.co/mZsHgE9wz8
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) March 5, 2017
Brett Lawrie makes a good deal of sense for the Jays. He was just released by the White Sox, which means that his stock is fairly low. Lawrie had a disappointing 2016, as he posted a line of .248/.310/.413. That said, he does present more upside than Darwin Barney, even if his defence isn’t quite as strong.
Lawrie would not be seen as a long-term replacement for Travis, but rather as a way to upgrade depth at 2B and 3B (let’s remember that the Jays don’t have a natural third baseman to take over in case Donaldson gets injured). In that sense, this looks like a no-brainer. Whether Lawrie’s personality could still cause problems in the Jays’ locker room remains to be seen.
What do you think? Should the Jays pursue Lawrie, or has he already contributed all that he can to the franchise?