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Friday, November 11, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: KENRYS MORALES SCOOPED UP BY BLUE JAYS, END OF THE LINE FOR ENCARNACION?

During the just completed GM Meetings in Arizona, the Toronto Blue Jays were working around the clock to try and re-sign free agent first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion.  A final offer was made on Wednesday that apparently Encarnacion was reportedly not all that happy about.  Then just two days later, the Jays brought aboard free agent DH Kendrys Morales on a three-year deal worth $33 million to man the team's spot.  Coincidence or no?  Either way, it certainly looks like Encarnacion is not coming back to Toronto and so now the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles (and maybe the Texas Rangers) jump to the front of the line for Encarnacion.  Meanwhile, Morales gets a nice boost going to Toronto in terms of ballpark and that makes him more attractive now as a UTIL/CI bat.  Since he was almost exclusively a DH with the Kansas City Royals last season, Morales has just UTIL or DH eligibility in almost all leagues which does restrict his 2017 draft value a bit.  Still the bat remains potent as Morales 30 home runs, collected 93 RBI, and batted .263 last season there.  Count on Morales staying around the 30 home run mark with the Blue Jays and making a run at 100-plus RBI in that stacked lineup.  While the average is not great as he gives back more and more there as he continues to age, Morales is shaping up as a nice value for 2017 drafts this season. 


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