Who will be the Blue Jays designated hitter this season?

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Alejandro Kirk #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Alejandro Kirk #30 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 30: Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays at bat in the third inning of their MLB game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre on September 30, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

Randal Grichuk

While his bat does lack consistency, Randal Grichuk is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to getting regular reps in the outfield with Springer, Hernandez, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on the roster. With approximately $20 million left on his contract that concludes following the 2023 season, the club could put the righty-batter in as the DH to continue giving him regular reps whenever he isn’t playing in the outfield. He made 12 appearances as the Jays DH last season.

Grichuk’s batting average does fluctuate over the course of the season but he does have the ability to put the ball over the wall, boasting 20+ home runs in almost every season he has played in Toronto (minus the shortened 2020 season) and two seasons with St. Louis before being traded to the Jays. He owns a career .765 OPS but is coming off a season where he posted one of the lowest OPS (.703) since his debut campaign in 2014.

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