According to Jeff Blair of Sportsnet, the Toronto Blue Jays would consider moving the #8 prospect in baseball if Kendrys Morales is included in the package going the other way.
News broke yesterday evening that the Blue Jays were the runner-up to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Christain Yelich sweepstakes due to their unwillingness to move Vladimir Guerrero Jr. It appears the Jays were willing to move Bo Bichette if the Marlins were willing to take back Kendrys Morales in the package.
The Blue Jays management must be feeling a little buyers remorse after signing Morales to a three-year $33 million dollar pact offseason as they trended away from free agent Edwin Encarnacion. The aging Morales is a one-dimensional player who handcuffs his manager due to his inability to play a position. It is also never a good sign when your designated hitter has a -0.2 WAR.
Morales did connect for 28 home runs in his first season north of the border but the Jays appear poised to move on from the designated hitter if the appropriate deal presents itself.
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With the Jays still having a number of large contracts on the books for a few more years they could really put the added financial flexibility to good use if they could rid themselves of the Morales contract however at what cost. You are not shipping Bichette elsewhere just to save $23 million, it has to be a deal where a quality, controllable player comes back in return.
The Jays are obviously not going to move Bichette just to rid themselves of the remaining money owed to Morales however they will listen if it is for a player of Yelich’s ilk. Bichette was just anointed the 8th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America earlier in the week while his teammate Vladdy Jr. took home the #3 ranking on the list of uber talents.
With the Brewers obtaining Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain yesterday the hot stove should turn up a degree or two from here on in and it also appears the Jays management is thinking outside the box in their quest to make the 2018 edition a playoff contender once again.