DUNEDIN, Fla.- Taking over the position of designated hitter from Edwin Encarnacion, Kendrys Morales made a huge impact at the Blue Jays’ home opener on Feb. 26 at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Morales, 33, signed as a free agent with Toronto with a $33 million, 3-year deal after Encarnacion turned down their offer, according to bluejays.mlb.com.
“When you’re a free agent, you always want to go to a team that’s a contender,” Morales said. “The last couple years, this team has gone far into the playoffs. So when my agent talked to me about that, I was really excited. Because every time you played against the Blue Jays you could tell they were playing together, playing as a team. So for me, it was a no-brainer to accept their offer and decide to come play here.”
With ten seasons under his belt, Morales hit 30 homers and drove in 90 runs with a .795 OPS for Kansas City last season.
Manager John Gibbons thinks that Morales will really help the team, being “a good, all-around baseball player.”