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Blue Jays: Non-tendered players the club should consider this offseason

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Adam Engel - Outfield

If the Blue Jays are looking for a low-risk speed bench outfield option, Adam Engel might be a player to keep an eye on this offseason.

A member of the Chicago White Sox since being drafted in 2013, Engel was projected to earn $2.3 million in arbitration this offseason but was instead non-tendered. For his career, Engel has 523 games under his belt and owns a .225/.280/.350 slash line with 106 extra-base hits, 123 RBI, 47 stolen bases, and a .631 OPS. The Ohio product is mainly used in centre field but also has some experience in right, owning a collective 19 bDRS in centre through six seasons.

Overall, Engel would likely slot in as the club's bench outfielder but has more experience than Merrifield and Biggio at the position. Sporting an 82nd percentile Outs Above Average and a 92nd percentile sprint speed last year, Engel projects to be an upgraded Bradley Zimmer type who hits from the right side, the one drawback when compared to another non-tendered outfielder in Franchy Cordero.

Signing Engel is a depth move in the event that the Jays' front office wants to use Merrifield and Biggio elsewhere on the diamond and they want someone with MLB experience rather than resort to other internal options. It's not a flashy move when compared to Bellinger or Nimmo but depth in the outfield doesn't seem like a bad option after the Blue Jays just lost/moved four outfielders this offseason.

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