Toronto Blue Jays: Add a reliable left-handed bat to the lineup
Is it too early to talk about the trade deadline? No? OK.
With only two everyday left-handed hitters (Biggio and Rowdy Tellez), the Blue Jays’ order is incredibly lopsided. If the Jays ever hope to face a lefty again, they need to add a threat from the left-handed batter’s box.
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It’s hard not to think about Michael Brantley right now. A lefty who hits for average and power, Brantley would have fit in perfectly near the top of the Jays’ order.
Alas, Brantley re-signed with Houston. But with the Astros hovering around .500, could Brantley and good friend George Springer reunite come July?
Another lefty bat to keep an eye out for is Eddie Rosario. A free agent after this season, Rosario joined Cleveland after six solid seasons with Minnesota. Depending on where Cleveland is around deadline day, Rosario may be available.
While these two options may represent bigger splashes than the Jays are willing to make, nothing is stopping the team from addressing the problem internally. Josh Palacios is a lefty who has flashed in limited appearances this season.
At this point, it looks like his playing time will only come when there is an injury somewhere else on the team, but given his utility and the way the Jays continue to be hindered by the injury bug, nothing is stopping Palacios from playing his way into a bigger role this season.
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