The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned second baseman/ shortstop Ryan Goins to AAA – Buffalo, a corresponding move has not yet been announced. In 66 plate appearances, Goins was batting .150 with an OPB of .203. Goins is a defensive first infielder and had contributed a positive 4 runs from fielding (rfield) and a positive overall WAR of .2 despite his negative offensive contributions.
While I am not surprised by the move, it does go against the Blue Jays decision to stand behind Goins as their everyday second baseman. There is no logical replacement for Goins in the Blue Jays minor league system currently. This does appear to be a roster management move by the Blue Jays and not based on Goins performance.
Jonathan Diaz is the only logical 2B option currently on the major league roster with the current 3 man bench. Diaz has proved to be a solid defender and has shown to be competent with working counts despite his below average hitting ability. However unlike Goins, Diaz does not have any options and would have to be passed through waivers. Even with Diaz the Blue Jays will need to add another IF option.
The best option in AAA is fan favorite Munenori Kawasaki who is an average defender and slightly below average hitter. Other options could be a trade for Nick Franklin who has been a know available option or perhaps Stephen Drew is getting tired of being a FA. However if the Blue Jays actually signed Drew he would need to be assigned for a few minor league games to get ready.
Updated: Shi Davidi of Sportsnet is reporting that Chris Getz will be called up on Tuesday. Davidi has a pretty good pulse of the organization and I would trust his sources as he is most often correct and the first to know. This move however would require the Blue Jays to remove someone for the 40 man roster as Getz is currently not on the 40 man. So expect another move shortly!