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Ryan Goins will start at second base for Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays enter the 2014 season with a lot less fanfare than what surrounded them at this time a year ago.

Unless news about Ryan Goins gets you fired up, that is.

Manager John Gibbons announced on Friday that Goins will be the team’s starting second baseman (from MLB.com):

Toronto previously said that Goins would be competing for the job with Maicer Izturis, but the public stance has now changed. Izturis will settle into a utility role while the bulk of the work belongs to Goins.

Gibbons made the statement after discussing Izturis’ value as a utility infielder, which then prompted a question about whether he still had a chance to win the starting job.”

Izturis serves the team in a utility role much better than he ever could as a starter due to the overall limited output he offers. As for Goins, the 26-year-old only has 121 plate appearances in 34 career games. All of those games came in 2013. Goins batted .252/.264/.345 in that stint.

You remember Stephen Drew, of course. Agent Scott Boras suggested this week that the free agent infielder would transition to second base in order to sign as the starter for the Blue Jays. It appears that is not in the team’s plan, however, as they will take their chances with Goins.

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