According to a report, the Toronto Blue Jays have been linked to home run slugger Chris Davis, but how realistic is it?
The general consensus is that the Toronto Blue Jays biggest need is the starting rotation, especially with David Price now officially gone and Mark Buehrle likely to retire. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still looking at other areas of the team.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Blue Jays have been linked to free agent Chris Davis.This follows on from a similar report by TSN in November, also claiming Toronto has an interest in the Davis.
This would be an intriguing addition to what is already one of the most powerful lineups in Major League Baseball. Davis led the league in home runs in 2013 (53) and again this past season (47).
Certainly, the 29-year old is the best option on the market for first base. However, his position alone makes the prospect of him coming to Southern Ontario seem unlikely.
The Blue Jays are already stacked with options at first base, with Chris Colabello,Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak. Of the three, Smoak would appear to be the most expendable, but he has just signed a one-year $3.9 million deal.
Another aspect that makes a move for Davis seem improbable is his potential salary, with several reports indicating he is likely to land a contract worth more than $100 million. (Also, keep in mind that his agent is Scott Boras.) The likelihood of the Blue Jays spending that kind of money seems low.
As per recent events, the front office appears content to continue making smaller deals. As well as the Smoak contract, the team recently brought J.A. Happ back for three years and $36 million.
As you would expect, Davis is drawing a lot of interest from around the league. In addition to the Blue Jays, the likes of the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals have also been linked to the 2013 All-Star.
Paul Taylor tipofthetower.com