You can add both Marcell Ozuna and Jean Segura to the Toronto Blue Jays ever-growing prospective offseason interest list.
According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, the Blue Jays are reportedly interested in free agent slugger Marcell Ozuna. Morosi adds that Toronto still favours George Springer, however, Ozuna could be a backup plan in the event Springer signs elsewhere.
The 30-year old outfielder spent last season with the Atlanta Braves hitting an impressive .338/.431/.636 with 18 home runs, 56 runs batted in, and a 2.3 WAR in 60 games in 2020. Ozuna earned $18 million last season and is ranked the fourth-best available free agent this offseason by MLB Trade Rumors.
The site projects Ozuna to ink a four-year/ $72 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals this offseason. Ozuna is only a corner outfielder so landing him would not remedy their centrefield need and probably the reason that Springer sits higher on their wish list.
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Along with the Ozuna rumour, it was reported earlier today by Robert Murray of FanSided that the Blue Jays are also in talks with the Philadelphia Phillies for the services of shortstop Jean Segura. The 30-year old has spent the past two seasons with the Phillies hitting .266/.347/.422 with seven homers and a pair of stolen bases in 54 games this past season.
Segura is signed for the next two seasons at $14.85 million per year with a team option for 2023. It would be a peculiar acquisition for the Blue Jays seeing Bo Bichette currently occupies the shortstop position and Segura is not enough of a defensive upgrade to move Bichette off his natural position.
However, Segura may be able to shift to either second or third base, he spent 142 games at the keystone sack for the Seattle Mariners in 2016. He also has 24 career games at the hot corner over the course of his 9-year MLB career.
It is evident the Blue Jays brain trust is leaving no stone unturned as they continue to investigate a plethora of options to upgrade the club for 2021.