The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly looking to land a left-handed bat to their right-handed-heavy lineup.
Per FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to add a lefty bat to their fearsome lineup that is very much righty-heavy.
Toronto’s lineup top to bottom is one of the best in the game, but George Springer, Bo Bichette, Vlad Guerrero, Teoscar Hernandez and Alejandro Kirk (to name a few) all bat from the right side.
The Jays do have some lefty options with Cavan Biggio, Bradley Zimmer and Raimel Tapia all on the active roster, but none of those names are all that notable, even though Tapia sees everyday action in the Blue Jays outfield.
Who are three left-handed bats the Blue Jays could trade for?
#3 – Kansas City Royals OF Andrew Benintendi
27-year-old outfielder Andrew Benintendi is having a career year for the Kansas City Royals, already being worth 1.5 bWAR with a 117 OPS+ and a .298 batting average alongside 25 runs and RBI. Unfortunately, he is playing on the last-place Royals and is unlikely to see any postseason action for as long as he remains with his current squad.
Benintendi is widely expected to be dealt this year since the Royals have looked rough and they are likely to sell high on him. The Blue Jays would be a great fit for his services, and it’s been reported that two rival executives believe the Jays and Royals would line up nicely in a potential deal.
An acquisition of Benintendi by the Jays would likely push Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to more of a DH/1B role, replacing Teoscar Hernández, who has been serving as the team’s everyday DH option but has struggled offensively.