Is Dodgers' Cavan Biggio on thin ice with Triple-A player absolutely raking?

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The Dodgers might've saved Cavan Biggio from the terrifying limbo that is being DFA'ed by trading for him on Wednesday, but he's definitely not out of the woods yet. Back in 2019, Biggio was the Blue Jays' No. 10 prospect and played his first 100 major league games to decent effect; he hit .234/.364/.429. He was pretty good again in the COVID-shortened season of 2020 and played 59/60 games for the Jays, hitting .250 with an .807 OPS.

But over the next three years, his batting averages, OPSes, and playing time all declined, leading to the Jays DFA'ing one of the three of their second-generation baseball players and a once-promising young prospect on the roster.

Biggio immediately took a spot on the 26-man when the trade was official, and Miguel Vargas went back to the minors on the other end of that move, though there were arguably others more deserving of a demotion. Last one in, first one out, maybe (and Vargas has a minor league option left).

So Biggio's major league career remains intact, but he'll be playing for his life over the next few weeks to prove that the Dodgers made the right choice by saving him. With Vargas gone, it's likely that Biggio will make his first few starts in the outfield, but he could also be platooned at third base in Max Muncy's absence. If he can't hack it, there's a third baseman in Oklahoma City who could be the next man up.

Andre Lipcius could be a 3B option for the Dodgers if Cavan Biggio can't come through after Blue Jays trade

Andre Lipcius is a former top prospect with the Tigers who was DFA'ed and traded to the Dodgers in the midst of spring training this year. Lipcius was present at camp and made a good first impression, going 2-4 with an RBI. It was obviously not enough to allow him to crack the big league roster ahead of the Seoul Series, so he went to Triple-A, where he's been raking through the season.

Lipcius currently leads the PCL in homers (17), is tied for third in RBI (52), and is tied for eighth in doubles (12). His May in Oklahoma City was a ridiculous one, and he matched his home run number through 104 games last year (12) in just 41 games.

He also has some major league experience; he played in 13 games for the Tigers last season and had a fine .286 batting average and .742 OPS before he was DFA'ed. Based on his performance in Triple-A, he seems itching for another major league call-up, and he could get it if Muncy's progress from injury continues to stagnate and Biggio can't step up.