Blue Jays: Which free agent power bats could fill a bench spot for the Jays?

David Corcoran
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After acquiring Daulton Varsho from Arizona, the Blue Jays now have eleven players that take up the 13 positional roster spots.  There are still a few players the club could target to bring into Toronto to give them some power off of the bench and here is who I think the Blue Jays could go after.

Brandon Belt

Career San Francisco Giant Brandon Belt is coming off season-ending knee surgery due to an ongoing issue that put him on the injured list on three separate occasions in 2022, limiting him to just 78 games. It could be age, it could have been the injury or it could have been his age causing the injury, but either way his numbers dropped drastically last season where he had a slash line of .213/.326/.350 in 298 plate appearances.  In 2021, Belt was limited to just 97 games because of various injuries and a death in the family, but was able to hit 29 home runs in just 381 plate appearances.  Had he played a full season, those numbers project to around 46 home runs in 600 plate appearances.  Belt is likely not looking to be a full-time player and the club could likely get him cheap, while offering some bonuses.

Trey Mancini

After battling cancer and beating the scare, Trey Mancini has come back to hit 39 home runs over his last 290 games.  He was traded to the Houston Astros last season, but struggled to a slash line of .176/.258/.364 and then went 1-for-21 (.048 average) in the postseason. He has not been able to sign on with a team yet for the 2023 year and will be turning 31-years-old at the start of the upcoming season. Mancini has enough of a track record for the Blue Jays to at least take a flyer on and see if they can catch him on a rebound. With the club, he could take on a supporting role and the Blue Jays could try a base salary with several incentives on his deal.

Luke Voit

The former Yankees power hitter Luke Voit has found himself available on the open market as he has yet to sign with any club.   Voit was the home run king during the 2020 COVID-shortened season where he hit 22 in just 56 games; however after an injury filled 2021 season, he was traded prior to the start of 2022.  Voit’s numbers slipped a bit this past season as his OPS was the lowest of his career (.733), but he did manage to hit 22 home runs in 135 games which gave him three consecutive seasons of 20+ home runs.  He would likely cost the Blue Jays more than Mancini and Belt, but would be a lot more of guarantee. The question would be is whether or not Voit wants a bench spot at this point of his career.

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