Transactions, lovely transactions. On Opening Day Eve, the Toronto Blue Jays have traded Kendrys Morales to the Oakland Athletics for an infielder prospect and international bonus pool money.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) March 28, 2019
Along with the 35-year-old batter, the Jays are going to be paying $10-million of the final $12-million owed to Morales. He only has one year left on his contract.
For the two years he was with the Jays, Morales slashed .249/.318/.442, hitting 49 home runs and batting in 142 runs in a total of 970 at-bats.
Coming the other way is 22-year-old infielder Jesus Lopez. In 2018, he was playing single-A for the Beloit Snappers and slashed .239/.293/.402. He was able to hit 10 home runs but he also only walked 18 times while striking out a total of 56. He posted a 96 wRC+, ninth on the Snappers.
The resulting transaction because of this trade sees outfielder Anthony Alford being recalled after he was cut just over a week ago. Held back by ongoing injury troubles, the 24-year-old will now hopefully see some regular time at the big league level — totaling only 29 plate appearances over 17 games in the last two seasons.
This has now created a projected very flexible DH spot for this current lineup. It makes sense to start out Teoscar Hernandez there, but Montoyo might like to see him get a regular spot in the outfield. Without Morales, a whole rotation of players — McKinney, Hernandez, Drury, even Gurriel — could see some time as the DH.
We shall see tomorrow on Opening Day.