The Blue Jays, who have been interested in the 31-year-old Cain since November, are ”believed to prefer” signing him to a four-yeal contract, Heyman says. However, Cain has also drawn interest from the Mets and Heyman says he is “thought to have a strong market.”
Cain is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.3 WAR and slashed .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI while playing a career-high 155 games for the Royals. In his eight seasons with Kansas City, he has posted a .290/.342/.421 slash line and was an All-Star in 2015 — the year he helped the club win the World Series and also finished third in the AL MVP voting.
The Blue Jays’ outfield was regarded as one of the worst in baseball last season. As a result, they decided to not bring back slugger Jose Bautista, the team’s star right fielder, and they want to make upgrade a position that has a below-average platoon in left field in Ezequiel Carrera and Steve Pearce. The Blue Jays are also reportedly pursuing Jay Bruce in free agency.