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Brett Lawrie may rejoin Blue Jays as a second baseman

Jul 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Brett Lawrie is on the verge of coming off the disabled list, perhaps as soon as tonight, and whenever he does return to the Blue Jays it may be as a second baseman.

Lawrie has played third base in all 203 games he’s started as a big leaguer, but manager John Gibbons dropped some pretty strong indications yesterday that the plan is for a position switch.

John Lott of the National Post notes that Lawrie has been playing second base on his minor-league rehab assignment and Gibbons seemed excited about the possibility of a Lawrie-Jose Reyes double-play duo long term. Assuming he can handle second base defensively, of course, which is no sure thing considering Lawrie hasn’t played there regularly since 2010 when he was a Brewers prospect.

By using Lawrie at second base the Blue Jays could continue to play Maicer Izturis at third base, where he’s hit .277 with two homers and a .720 OPS in 31 games.

 

  1. cshearing - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Seems like better asset usage. Bonifacio has been disappointing; way too little contact and too many strikeouts.

  2. abaird2012 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Lawrie has been a good third baseman with a strong arm and was sometimes less than stellar at second during his MiLB career.. How about Izturis at second?

    • dondada10 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Maicer Izturis has played 229 innings at second this year with a UZR of -23 according to fangraphs. He’s a career +4.5 at second over 2200 career innings.

      He has 257 innings at third this year at -8.3. Career he’s got 2500 innings at is +1.8.

      Hard to say.

  3. uwsptke - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Lawrie played second base almost exclusively in the minors with the Brewers. He was drafted as a catcher, but realized it would take much more effort to make it to the big leagues there, so he talked upper management into a position change (he made several requests over the course of his minor league career – wanting to play for Team Canada in the WBC, and they even promoted him earlier to AA so he would be more prepared for the Olympcs). Then when Rickie Weeks was signed to his extension, he threw a tantrum and wanted to change positions again. That’s apparently when they decided they’ve had enough (the “Edward 40-hands” pictures he posted probably didn’t help), and they made the decision to trade him for Shaun Marcum and then give oodles of money to Aramis Ramirez. Another feather in the cap for Doug Melvin & Co.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    When was the last time a team rearranged their plans to get Macier Izturis’ bat in the lineup?

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Whats Lawrie coming back going to do? Unless he can pitch everyday what difference does it make? The rotation is a total train wreck and Gibbon’s seat is so hot right now his pants are on fire!! John I hope you rented like I told you

  6. bigmeechy74 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Who cares? Regardless of position, he is a TERRIBLE hitter.

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