It didn’t take long for the Toronto Blue Jays to make one of the first major splashes of the MLB offseason with the free agent acquisition of Kendrys Morales. The veteran, who is expected to assume the Designated Hitter duties for the Blue Jays, definitely adds a boast a lineup who suffered to plate runs during their ALCS run against the Cleveland Indians. However on top of the sheer production that Morales will likely bring to the lineup, he also provides a veteran presence which perhaps the Blue Jays lacked during 2016 postseason.
While struggling to plate runs during the ALCS, I couldn’t help but look at the long faces of each and every Toronto Blue Jay expecting one of them to assume a leadership role and try and turn the tides in the series. However as each out went by the AL East wild card winner looked more and more frustrated while their bats were seemingly unable to figure out the Indians pitching. Ultimately, the series concluded with a torturous defeat in front of the Rogers Centre fans.
With the acquisition of Kendrys Morales, I look for a recent World Series Champion who has the ability to maintain a leadership role on a team with so much promise, especially on the offensive end. Moreover, the relatively low salary of Morales also keeps the door open for the Blue Jays to acquire a much-needed bullpen arm, which is an added plus.