With the rash of injuries that continue to hit the Blue Jays, it has given some prospects their first taste of Major League Baseball. One of them who has benefitted is highly touted shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who was called up due to the injury of Brett Lawrie. “Hech” has been playing third while Lawrie is out, but his more natural position is shortstop, where scouts rave about his range. Now when Lawrie return, will Hechavarria be sent down, or moved to another position? The Blue Jays have several options.
The first option would be to send Hechavaaria back down to the minors and continue to roll with Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar at shortstop. Judging by how both have performed this year with the bat, it doesn’t seem to be working very well.
Option two would be to trade either Johnson or Escobar, insert Hechavarria at shortstop, or have Johnson or Escobar play second. For the above option to happen, the Jays have to consider several variables. Escobar is in the first year of a two-year, $10 million dollar contract, which is very team friendly. Johnson is in the last year of his deal and can walk as a free agent after the season. Hechevarria signed a four-year, $10 million dollar deal in 2010.
It seems Johnson, who has some pop, is the candidate to be moved should Jays management decide to get a good look at Hechevarria and see how he handles the rigors of Major League baseball. With the Jays currently five games behind in the wild card and five teams in front of them, making the playoffs will be tough, and giving a kid like Hechevarria some playing time to see what he can do I thin is the right way to go. With Escobar locked up next year and Johnson probably not in the mix going forward, moving Escobar to second and starting Hechavarria at shortstop the rest of the way would be something I would like the Jays to do.
We have to remember the Jays have said all along 2013 is the year they were targeting to make a serious push, so giving your “shortstop of the future” a two-month look will help the team in the long run.
How would you handle the current middle infield situation? Send Hechevarria down? Trade Escobar or Johnson?
Thoughts and opinions always welcome.
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