Kendrys Morales reportedly agrees to three-year deal with Toronto Blue Jays

Kendrys Morales reportedly agrees to three-year deal with Toronto Blue Jays

Javier Howell
November 15, 2016

On Friday, the Jays signed former Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million deal. The Blue Jays were negotiating with Encarnacion prior to reaching a deal with Morales, but his agent said the team's offer was not in line with what Encarnacion was hoping.

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales (25) drives in a run with a ground rule double against the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium.

Earlier on Friday, the Blue Jays agreed to a deal with Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr.to a multi-year contract.

Morales, after all, slashed.263/.327/.468 with 30 home runs last season.

Morales has a.275 career batting average with 132 home runs. But it'll be his first time playing for a team north of the border.

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Watching them leave the nest won't be easy for the Blue Jays faithful. That offer is rumored to be $125 million over five seasons - not an unreasonable ask for EE, but a contract likely too pricey for Toronto given Encarnacion's age. No, it is not Troy Tulowiztki's injury history, and no it is not that Bautista and Encarnacion are free agents.

I find the biggest bonus of signing Morales is it gives the Blue Jays a switch hitter. He batted just.234 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI. Encarnacion, a 34 year old first baseman, was the teams primary source of power.

With the move, Morales becomes the first major free-agent off the board this winter. One team that has reached out to Jose Bautista already comes in the form of the New York Mets.

Most important of all, this means that one of these two players will nearly certainly be gone. My guess says Encarnacion gets a better deal elsewhere and ends up leaving Toronto.

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