Blue Jays: DJ LeMahieu predicted to land in Toronto
MLB Trade Rumors released its annual Top 50 MLB Free Agent Predictions and this time around they have the Blue Jays landing two players from the open market.
Tim Dierks and company at MLB Trade Rumors predicted that the Blue Jays will sign former New Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu to a four-year/ $68 million dollar pact this offseason. LeMahieu is ranked the 5th best free agent on the board and was just nominated for the American League MVP award.
Along with LeMahieu, they also tabbed Toronto to sign pitcher Jake Odorizzi to a three-year/ $39 million dollar agreement. Odorizzi is ranked 11th on their free-agent rankings and if I remember correctly, the Blue Jays brain trust made a pitch for him last offseason before he accepted the qualifying offer from Minnesota.
Those were the only two signings they predicted the brain trust would make this offseason. They also have Taijuan Walker ranked 23rd and going to the Washington Nationals for two-year/$16 million.
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Robbie Ray is ranked 36th and attached to the Milwaukee Brewers on a one-year/ $ 6 million dollar agreement while former Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman lands with the Los Angeles Angels on a four-year/ $68 million dollar pact.
The top-ranked free agent and prized offseason pitcher is Trevor Bauer who they have signing a four-year/ $128 million dollar deal with the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
LeMahieu would actually be a nice fit for the Jays as he can play all around the infield including first, second, and third base. The 32-year old hit an American League-leading .364 with a 1.011 OPS, 10 home runs, and a 2.8 WAR in 50 games for the Bronx Bombers last season.
He would definitely provide some versatility around the infield and could shore up the third base position while adding another bat to the top of the order.
As for Odorizzi, he made just four starts in 2020 sporting an inflated 6.59 earned run average in 13.2 innings on the bump. The 30-year old dealt with abdomen and blister injuries for most of the season but is said to be at full health.
We will have to wait and see how many of these predictions pan out, however, I would definitely approve of a DJ LeMahieu addition this offseason.
Check out the entire Top 50 Predictions on MLB Trade Rumors.