5 players the Blue Jays need to sign ASAP now that Cody Bellinger is off the market

Who must the Jays actively pursue in the free agent market before it’s too late?

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Adam Duvall

If the Jays really wanted to get a massive power hitter that could also play solid defense in all of the outfield positions when needed, there is no one remaining in the free agent market that is a better option than former All-Star Adam Duvall. Although his lifetime .232 batting average leaves a bit to be desired, no one can question his enormous power potential and run-producing ability. During his 10 years in the league, Duvall has hit more than 30 home runs three times, including a career-high 38 in 2021. In addition, he has also racked up more than 90 RBI three times, including a personal best 113 RBI during 2021 as well.

His offensive prowess may be his calling card, but his defense isn’t too shabby either as he took home Gold Glove honours just a few years ago. For his career as an outfielder, Duvall has accumulated a solid .984 fielding percentage with 52 outfield assists. In addition, he has registered a whopping total of 54 DRS, including multiple seasons of double-digit DRS over the years. As a result, he could effectively cover for any of the Jays’ current outfielders while still bringing his boom at the plate.

On top of that, Duvall was instrumental in helping the Braves' most recent run to the World Series in 2021 that ended with a trophy in-hand. He amassed 13 hits, 3 home runs, 10 RBI while scoring 4 runs in 16 playoff games. In addition, he was absolute money when hitting with runners in scoring position with two outs in 2023, as he registered a .283 average, .952 OPS with 4 home runs and 21 RBI in 46 at-bats, something the Jays desperately need given their consistent struggles last year in that regard.