The Toronto Blue Jays, who expressed their willingness to strengthen their power by participating in the recruitment of Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Dodgers), seem to have decided to spend the winter with solid consumption instead of “panic buy.”월카지노
U.S. media including USA Today reported on Monday (Korea time) that Toronto has agreed to renew its contract with outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (33). The contract is worth 10.5 million U.S. dollars per year (13.6 billion won).
Kiermaier played for Toronto again this year. After his debut, he only played for the Tampa Bay Rays until last year, and after his multi-year contract ended, he signed a one-year, 9 million-dollar contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, leaving him with a batting average of 0.419 with eight homers and 36 RBIs in 129 games.
It’s not a spectacular performance, but it’s meaningful because it’s Kiermaier. Considered the best outfield defense in MLB history, he was often injured even in his outstanding athleticism. This year is the season when he played the most games (the same as 2019), except for 2015 (535 at-bats in 151 games). There have been only three seasons in which he has exceeded 100 hits, and this year, he had 98 hits, which is close to that. The winning contribution (WAR) compared to substitute players was also 3.9 (based on baseball reference), the highest since 2018.
Defending, his talent, has naturally played its part. Playing 981 1/3 innings as a center fielder, he recorded DRS (loss of points blocked by defense) +18, becoming the first player to receive the Gold Glove award since 2019. It is his fourth career award. Toronto renewed his contract because he displayed good health and defense capability.
The renewal of Kiermaier’s contract also leads to problems with the destination of Cody Bellinger, who used to be a big fish in the free agent market. Bellinger was considered the biggest fish among fielders this winter. Bellinger had a batting average of 0.307 153 hits, 26 homers, and 20 steals this year, with 97 RBIs and 95 runs outstanding. He had been sluggish for three consecutive years after winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2017 and the National League MVP in 2019, but he made a comeback ahead of the FA.
Toronto, which bet up to 700 million U.S. dollars on Ohtani but failed to recruit him, was considered the most promising player to invest. Bellinger was a player who could play all outfield positions and first baseman, so he could recruit players instead of Kiermaier.
Price is the problem. Scott Boras, the devil’s agent, is the man who is outstanding in both offense and defense. When the FA market opened, Bellinger demanded up to 300 million U.S. dollars in ransom and lowered the standard recently, but this is also known to be more than 200 million dollars.
However, signing Kiermaier made it less likely that Toronto would recruit Bellinger. Toronto already has another top-rated defender, Dalton Basho, so it does not need to invest heavily in Bellinger. Naturally, Bellinger’s future destination will be narrowed down to the Chicago Cubs, his team this year.
However, there is still a possibility to reinforce the infield. Matt Chapman, Toronto’s main third baseman, also became a free agent and entered the market. There is also a way to recruit Chapman, but if not, a substitute should be sought. SportsNet, a Canadian sports media, pointed out that there is still a possibility to recruit utility players. The media mentioned the names of Ahmed Rosario, a former player for the Cleveland Guardians and Dodgers, and Isaiah Kainer-Falefa, a former New York Yankees player.