Blue Jays: Looking ahead at the FA outfield market

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SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 15: Jarrod Dyson
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 15: Jarrod Dyson /

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Jarrod Dyson

The former Royal has spent the season with the Seattle Mariners, and he’s performed pretty consistent with how he has throughout his career. In 346 at bats, he’s hit .251/.324/.350 with 28 stolen bases in 35 attempts. At 33, he’s one of the rare breed who maintain their speed into their 30’s and he could be a candidate to keep it up, as he doesn’t have as much wear and tear on the body as others his age.

He could be a descent fit for the roster, especially if the Blue Jays are interested in having Teoscar Hernandez as one of the full-time options. Both he and Dyson could play 2/3’s of the third with others moving around, and that wouldn’t be the worst case scenario at all.

Probability of being a Blue Jay=  B

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Curtis Granderson

Like Jay Bruce, Granderson has been a rumoured option for the Blue Jays in the past, but he found his way to the Dodgers for their playoff stretch. He’s hit just .206 in his age 36 season, but still gets on base at a .321 clip, and has hit 23 home runs and added 60 RBI.

He’s not what he used to be, but he could be used in much the same way that Dyson would fit the roster, and likely wouldn’t cost a whole lot.

Probability of being a Blue Jay=  C+

Jose Bautista

Don’t rule it out completely, even if it feels like we’re in the midst of witnessing his final days with the Blue Jays. It felt the same way entering the 2016 offseason, but the Blue Jays ended up bringing him back on a one year deal after both parties didn’t find what they were looking for on the open market.

That said, this feels like the longest shot on the list, even if he’ll go down as one of the all-time greats in the Blue Jays’ uniform.

Probability of being a Blue Jay=  D-

Notables mentions: Rajai Davis, Carlos Gomez, Jon Jay, Seth Smith, etc.

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Who did I miss? Do you think the Blue Jays will add to the outfield at all? Let me know what you think, because your guess is as good as mine.