Last season, we had previously mentioned prior to the trade deadline that the Jays had a solid trade chip in former prospect Otto López. He still remains one entering the 2024 season, especially with the upcoming numbers crunch on the Jays’ 40-man roster.
López had his breakthrough season in the minor leagues back in 2021 when he compiled a .315 batting average, .816 OPS, along with 88 runs scored, 32 doubles, 4 triples, 5 home runs, 64 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 113 games. Not only was he getting it done at the plate, but he was flashing a strong glove in the field as well. However, some ill-timed injuries had set him back a bit in recent years and prevented him from performing at his best. Nevertheless, he still managed to put up some decent numbers when healthy, including a strong showing when he suited up for Canada at the World Baseball Classic. But more importantly, he has displayed his hitting prowess once again lately in the Dominican Winter League as he has hit .310 with an .834 OPS, 17 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 12 RBI and 3 stolen bases in just 24 games.
With the emergence of Alan Roden and the advanced growth and development of Addison Barger and Orelvis Martinez, López has fallen slightly behind in the organizational depth chart. In addition, the Jays have added IKF, further blocking López’s path to the majors. As a result, rather than continuing to waste his talent, he can be dealt to another team that can finally give him the chance to succeed at the major league level, while the Jays can salvage an asset that can help them down the road in contending for the championship.