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February 27, 2014

Overthinking It

Why Every Team Needs Kendrys Morales

by Ben Lindbergh


On Sunday, Scott Boras negged the Blue Jays for not spending enough this offseason, calling the team “a car with a huge engine that is impeded by a big corporate stop sign.” Reeling from the public attack, Alex Anthopoulos choked out a single sentence in response, saying, “Our ownership has been outstanding and given us all the resources we need.” Both sides took Monday to celebrate wounds inflicted or lick wounds received, and it seemed like the war of words was over.

But on Tuesday, the full scope of the super-agent’s plan became clear: Calling the Blue Jays a car was just the opening gambit of a two-part attack. Having softened up Anthopoulos and team president Paul Beeston with the Bad Boras routine, he took pity and proposed a way for Toronto to banish that big corporate stop sign once and for all: Sign Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. “Those players are available to this franchise,” Boras told Toronto radio host Jeff Blair, explaining the way free agency works as one would to a small child.

You can see how Drew would make the Blue Jays better; Ryan Goins may have revamped his swing, but he still hasn’t hit outside of new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer’s dream diary. Morales, though? The Blue Jays already have Adam Lind, who outhit Morales last season and was worth half a win more in 136 fewer plate appearances. They also have Edwin Encarnacion, who’s projected for the same TAv as Morales (.293), and who’s topped that figure by 21 points over the past two seasons. “They don’t need another DH,” you’re thinking. Think again.

Still thinking? For those of you on the slow side, Boras laid out the logic:

They need a right-handed bat particularly in their DH area to answer a deficiency they have with Lind where he hits right-handed pitching well, but not left-handed pitching. There are teams looking for a player like Lind who has contract control and is someone who would probably bring back a good pitcher.

Being a switch-hitter where you hit .280 from both sides of the plate, that player is of great value to a team that has a hole and has a need for a right-handed bat and also would gain a left-handed bat as well.

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