Don’t Do It
The 2016 NL home run leader was designated for assignment by the Yankees earlier this week, ending his brief tenure in New York.
There are two reasons not to add Carter, among others. First, they don’t need help at first base/DH as they’ve got Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales having great seasons, and could also use Steve Pearce there as well. Secondly, Carter is an all-or-nothing type of hitter, and the Jays have plenty of those already.
*Edit- Carter accepted an assignment to Triple A Scranton on Wednesday. He’ll remain in the Yankees organization*
The fanbase has been talking about needing help in left field all season long, but Franklin is highly unlikely to provide an upgrade in Toronto. He was hitting .195/.258/.317 in 82 at bats, with two home runs and 10 RBI.
He had been a middle infielder for most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays, but mostly played in left field with the Brewers this season before being cut loose.
At one time he was viewed as a solid prospect, but it’s hard to imagine Franklin being a fit with the Blue Jays. With his versatility, he should find a contract somewhere though.
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Morris has had a decent history of success as a big league reliever, but he cut loose by the Giants after struggling throughout the season.
Morris elected to become a free agent a few days ago, so he’s available and on the hunt for another job. He had joined the Giants on a minor league pact this season and had earned his way back to the big leagues, but was hit pretty hard prior to being designated. The right-hander is a long shot to earn a big league deal, and doesn’t make much sense as a fit for the Jays, if you ask me.
Who did I miss? Feel free to add some names in the comments section below, it is time of the year after all, so it’s entirely possible I’ve missed someone.