Blue Jays, Kendrys Morales reach a three-year deal

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Jon Heyman reports that free agent DH Kendrys Morales has signed a three-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The pact is worth $33 million.

Morales hit .263/.327/.468 with 30 homers and 93 RBI for the Royals in 2016. But we all know what he’s about at this point. The real question is what this means for the Jays’ pursuit of Edwin Encarnacion, who started as the Jays’ DH in 86 games last season. And whom, it was reported yesterday, did not accept the Blue Jays’ first contract offer.

I suppose it’s possible that the Jays sign Encarnacion too and play him at first base while kicking Justin Smoak to the curb, but this seems very much like a “well, we can’t get Edwin, we’ll get the next best thing” kind of move.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.