The Toronto Blue Jays face a decision when slugger Adam Lind is activated off the disabled list this week. Specifically they would like to keep designated hitter/third baseman Juan Francisco around instead of having him clear a spot for Lind.
As Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com notes, the team has a number of options to make room for Lind. One that seems especially interesting and worthy of extra consideration is this one: the team might consider moving former top prospect Brett Lawrie from third to second base full time.
Another possibility would be moving Brett Lawrie to second base on a more permanent basis. Lawrie has been playing second during Interleague action to get Francisco’s bat into the lineup at third base. It was originally supposed to be a short-term move, but might be something Toronto has to think about after Francisco’s hot start.”
On the one hand this move might not be wise on Toronto’s part because of Lawrie’s ability to make plays like this one:
On the other hand, Lawrie still has not shown the ability to consistently hit for the kind of pop the Blue Jays hoped for. At third base that will always be a problem. At second base? The Blue Jays might feel differently about Lawrie’s boom or bust offense if it is coming from that spot, especially given the black hole that has been second base for Toronto this season.