Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. would be a great fit for the Colorado Rockies
Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., 28, is the younger brother of Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel. The younger Gurriel has been in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays since 2018 and he has provided them with a power bat, especially in 2021, which was his first full season playing more than 100 games.
In 2021, Gurriel, Jr. hit 21 homers and 84 RBI in 141 games with a slash line of .276/.319/.466 and an OPS+ of 111. In his career, he has a 162-game average of 29 homers and 94 RBI.
He has played left field for the Blue Jays (and had 6 DRS out there in 2021), the Rockies should target him for his bat and versatility. Gurriel, Jr. can play left, first, second, and shortstop so he could fill in wherever the Rockies need him to play and have a good bad, unlike most utility players.
As of now, it looks like the Jays would want to keep him but if the Blue Jays sign someone like Freddie Freeman, as we mentioned earlier, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. could be the primary DH. That means that one of Teoscar Hernández, George Springer, Gurriel, Jr., or Grichuk is either on the bench or not with the team.
Most likely, the odd man out would be Grichuk but if the Blue Jays can’t get someone to take some of the cash on Grichuk’s deal, Gurriel, Jr. may be the odd man out.