With all due respect to Kevin Kiermaier and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, as things stand this offseason has been a bit of a dud for the Toronto Blue Jays. Even taking into account missing out on Shohei Ohtani, the front office has done little to inspire optimism within the fan base.
However, there could be some potential positive news on the horizon, in the form of Jorge Soler. According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Blue Jays are one of the two teams most likely to sign him as things stand, with the other being the Boston Red Sox.
Heyman goes on to say the Miami Marlins are retooling, while the Seattle Mariners looked into Soler but have now taken a step back. Of course the situation could quite easily change but -- in theory at least -- this is an encouraging situation for Blue Jays fans.
Interestingly, this isn't the first time the Cuba native has been linked to the Blue Jays this offseason. Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic (subscription required) listed him as one of 13 free agents who could fit the roster, with Jays Journal's Edward Eng ranking him as the fourth-best fit.
Certainly, adding Soler would boost the lineup, with him coming off a season where he earned his first All Star selection. In fact, his 36 home runs, 75 RBI, .853 OPS and 128 OPS+ are all the second most of his Major League career as a regular starter.
While the 31-year-old hasn't always been the most consistent of individuals, he is an extremely talented player who has shown the ability to be a difference-maker when it matters most. He has won two World Series, with the second one in 2021 with the Braves noteworthy for him being named MVP.
What might help Soler become more consistent, is the decision by the Marlins to mostly play him as the DH last season, with him making 102 starts at this position. As things stand, the Blue Jays have Danny Jansen listed as the starting DH in their projected lineup for the 2024 season.
Outfield asset when required
This doesn't mean Soler can't play in the outfield if necessary, with him having decent speed and possessing a strong throwing arm. He made 31 starts for the Marlins last season in right field and proved to be reliable, with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
In terms of the financial implications, we know the Blue Jays possess the funds after their pursuit of Ohtani. In any event, the 2019 AL home run leader is predicted to make $15 million per season wherever he ends up, which they can more than afford.
You can make the case that the Blue Jays should really focus on bringing in Cody Bellinger, to make this offseason somewhere closer to a success. However, snagging Soler would be a more than reasonable consolation prize.