19:40: Slusser reports that the Jays cover more than $ 10 million of the $ 12 million remaining on Morales' contract.
19:06: The two teams have announced the trade. Toronto sends Morales and cash to Oakland in exchange for a minor league infielder Jesus Lopez and international bonus money. To clear a place on the 40-man squad, Oakland right-handed Jharel Cotton joined the 60-day list of injured when he recovered from Tommy John's operation.
19:02: A surprising move, the Blue Jays have traded the sport Hend Kendrys Morales to athletics, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN ( via Twitter ). 35-year-old Morales earns $ 12 million in the last season of a three-year $ 33 million Jay deal, so Toronto is likely to provide significant financial relief for the deal.
Oakland recently lost the first baseman Matt Olson when the Slugger underwent a Hamate excision procedure on his right hand. Olson suffered the injury in the second game of the two athletics games against the Mariners in Tokyo. With Khris Davis considered to be the primary bomber in Oakland, it is likely that Morales will play the first base while Olson is disqualified. Susan Slusser from the San Francisco Chronicle Tweets that Olson will be traveling between six and eight weeks.
Morales does not suit Olson's offensive performance or, above all, his glove, but the experienced Switch-Hitter comes from a solid 2018 rebound campaign in which he scored 21 homers with 249 / .331 / .439 (112 OPS +) fought. His recent work on the first base was extremely limited as he had logged only 30 games in the position in the last two seasons. The 1s also have Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar (who had played 24 games in the first base in Texas last year) as alternative options for the first base, if necessary ,
The addition of Morales will also help offset a pretty bad athletic squad. Prior to trading with Morales, the switch-hitters were Profar and Robbie Grossman the only two players who could beat left-handers. Morales has a career of .264 / .328 / .468 vs. right-handed, but he's not exactly an outstanding partner, but he'll be partnering with a right-handed sound-platformer Canha.
For the Blue Jays the move creates the necessary flexibility for the list. Teoscar Hernandez can now receive half regular bats in the DH slot, with Billy McKinney Kevin Pillar and Randal Grichuk Randal Grichuk around the outfield. The Jays can also turn some other regulars through the DH slot, and Morales' trade could even make way for the 24-year-old Major's first baseman Rowdy Tellez on the heels of a .280 /. 308 / .600 shows in spring training.
The yield on the Jays, as one would expect when a soon-to-be-36-year-old DH trades in the last season of an unwanted contract, is minimal. The 21-year-old Lopez spent the 2018 season at Class-A Beloit, where he scored 0.239 / .293 / .402 on 326 Plates with 10 homers, 15 doubles and a couple of triples. He spent some time on the third base (587 innings), a short stop (65 innings) and the second base (53 innings). Lopez was not one of the best prospects for athletics. The amount of international money that Toronto has picked up in today's deal is not clear, although international funds must be traded in blocks of at least $ 250,000.