Yesterday, Josh Donaldson was awarded the American League Silver Slugger for third base. Congratulations, Josh!
When the Jays traded Canadian Brett Lawrie for Donaldson before the start of last season, we were elated with the move. Josh had been a premier player for the Oakland A’s, while Brett, although an exciting player, had not produced big numbers at the plate. Josh also was, in our view, a better third baseman.
Josh has not disappointed Blue Jays fans. Last year, he won the American League MVP award. And now he has added a Silver Slugger award.
We hope that Josh will remain a Blue Jay for many years to come and that he eventually becomes another Blue Jay elected to the Hall of Fame.
Today, reports indicate that the Blue Jays have signed Kendrys Morales to a three-year contract. We welcome this signing even though it probably means that Jose Bautista will probably not be re-signed by the club. The signing of Morales may also mean that Edwin Encarnacion will not be signed by Toronto.
Morales is a switch-hitting DH, who slugged 30 homers and had over 90 rbi last year for Kansas City. The Rogers Centre is a hitter-friendly ballpark, so we expect that Morales will be able to hit 30 or more home runs again next year, and drive in a lot of runs. Purportedly signed for just under $35 million, this will free up a lot of money to sign Encarnacion. If the Jays re-sign Encarnacion, he will have to play a lot of first base next year because Morales saw only limit duty in the field last year.
Interesting times lie ahead for Toronto.
On a final note, we wish R.A. Dickie all the best in his new home with the Atlanta Braves. Dickie added a different dimension to the Blue Jays pitching staff with his dancing knuckle ball. This pitch saved his baseball career, which, as with many knuckle ball pitchers, has been filled with tremendous triumph and low points. In Toronto, we should remember that over four years Dickie had nearly as many wins as he did losses.