Dominoes Falling: With Pujols an Angel, Should the Jays Grab Kendrys Morales?
With Albert Pujols signing a massive deal with the Los Angeles Angels, they now have a bevy of first basemen in Pujols, Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo. Although Morales can play right field, perhaps he could become an interesting trade chip for the Blue Jays.
Pujols’ contract is ridiculous. He signed a 10 year, $254 million dollar deal with a full no trade clause according to espn.com. That is unbelievable for a player who will be 32 in January (although that is also up for debate).
In come the Blue Jays and Alex Anthopoulos. AA knows that the Angels now have an impressive number of 1B and they need to move at least one of them.
Personally, I am not the biggest fan of Mark Trumbo even though he hit 29 HR with 87 RBI in his first full season with the Angels. That .291 OBP (K/BB ratio: 120/25) he posted is quite ugly and he seems to me to be a DH-in-waiting. He would not be an upgrade over Lind at first.
Now Kendrys on the other hand is a young exciting hitter who reminds me of a younger, fatter version of Vlad Guerrero. However, this guy can hit.
In his ‘rookie’ season with the Angels Kendrys posted a line of:
.306 AVG 34 HR 108 RBI .924 OPS
At 28 years old with barely any mileage on his body, I think he could be a steal of an acquisition for the Blue Jays.
Yes, he did severely injure himself in the infamous HR celebration, but after a full season off why not take a flier on him when most likely the Angels would like to unload him? He has never been a burner—far from it—but as long as he can swing that bat he will be successful.
Kendrys could be an excellent switch hitter behind Jose Bautista. Kendrys and Lind could go back and forth between 1B and DH and we would have another excellent bat in the line-up.
With the Angels line-up in need of some OF help, perhaps we could ship off Thames and some small pieces for Kendrys or something along those lines?
This is pure speculation, but with the Angels more likely to discuss and deal Kendrys following the signing of Albert (meaning Kendrys path to 1B is blocked until 2021), why not explore possible trade options and cash in on their desire to trade Kendrys at a lower value?
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