Blue Jays: Kevin Kiermaier resigned on one year deal

The Toronto Blue Jays resigned outfielder Kevin Kiermaier on a one-year contract worth ten million dollars. The Blue Jays were quiet all free agency except for being teased by a flight to Toronto that did not have Shohei Ohtani on board. Resigning Kiermaier gives the Blue Jays one of the top defensive centerfielders in the game. They also get a solid left bat as Kiermaier slashed .265/.322/.741 with 36 RBI’s.

After a solid age 33 season it’s shocking that Kiermaier didn’t seek out or didn’t receive a deal in the two-to-three-year range. The Blue Jays will still need to fill some corner infield holes with both Matt Chapman and Brandon Belt currently awaiting free agency deals.

Coming off of a disappointing wild card loss to the Twins the Blue Jays have plenty of work to do in Free Agency. Their young core of Vlad Guerrero Jr and Bo Bichette are nearing arbitration years and will only become more expensive as the years roll along. They’ve seen the division rival Yankees go to work trading for outfielders Juan Soto and Alex Verdugo to help fill their biggest needs.

Blue Jays Baseball: Seeking outfield production

While Kiermaier brings solid defense and a dependable contact bat the Blue Jays still need a more explosive hitter they can play in left field with Springer and Varsho occupying right and center field. An option for the Jays can be Cody Bellinger who is coming off a resurgent year and is still on the market despite a heavy expected group of teams in need of lefty outfielders. The battle for Bellinger will likely be between Toronto and the Cubs as the Yankees are seemingly out with the trades for Verdugo and Soto. After that the Blue Jays will look to add a utility player as Whit Merrifield is currently a pending free agent.