Jays knew they would be having an interesting off-season. They have two of the biggest free agents available in Bautista and Encarnacion. Rumors have it that Edwin has turned down a 4 year 80 million dollar contract. Jose, on the other hand, hasn’t received an offer yet that we know of. Very early in the off-season, the blue Jays signed Kendrys Morales which made people think they were done in the Edwin sweepstakes. At first, I liked the Morales signing seeing he hit 30 homers and 90 Rbi’s in a pitcher friendly Kauffmann stadium. Morales is a switch hitter which is something the jays wanted this off-season. They want to break up the Right-handers they already have signed- Tulo, Martin, Donaldson. Morales does come with some downfall, though. He is awful on the bases and he doesn’t play a position. He would be your permanent DH. Now it would be great if the jays signed Edwin as people forget he only played 74 games at first last year. Edwin will need a lot of games at the designated hitter position and that makes it difficult to have both Edwin and Morales in the lineup.
The argument can be made that the jays are trying to be contenders and build the farm system at the same time. This can be a very challenging process. We do forget that if Bautista and Encarnacion sign somewhere else the jays will receive a first round pick because te Jays did give each of them a qualifying offer. With 3 picks in the first round, that is a great start to building up the farm. Another story with the Jays was Cecil. Cecil was average at best last year. He did, however, show signs near the end of the year of regaining his form from the previous year. Cecil signed a 4 year 30 million dollar contract with the Cardinals. Some Jays fans were sad to see him go, but he got top dollar. The Jays have been linked to Dexter Fowler this offseason. Cubs offered him a qualifying offer of 15.8 million for one season but he turned down. Fowler would play the outfield and fill the void of lead off which this team desperately needs. Signing Fowler would mean they lose their first round pick. The jays need to get a backup catcher still as well as some bullpen help. Stay tuned for more updates about the Jays this off-season.