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Royals Sign OF Jon Jay

Former Cardinals, Cubs OF Gets a One-Year Deal in KC

Ben Heisler
March 06, 2018 - 2:43 pm

The Royals have added more OF depth, signing Jon Jay to a one year deal.

The signing also corresponds with another roster move involving RHP Jesse Hahn.

As for the money, our Royals Insider at MLB.com, Jeffrey Flanagan has the details:

So what's the plan for Jay? Is he a veteran off the bench? Or an every day option?

Below is the full press release from the Royals on the signing of Jon Jay.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 6, 2018) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year free agent contract for the 2018 season.  Jay will wear uniform #25.  In a corresponding roster move, the Royals have placed right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn on the 60-day disabled list (right ulnar collateral ligament sprain).  Hahn will be eligible for reinstatement on May 28.

Jay, 32, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Miami, Fla., spent the 2017 season with the Chicago Cubs, recording a .296 batting average with 18 doubles, three triples, two homers, 34 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage in 141 games.  He batted .358 (19-for-53) with a .435 on-base percentage and a .888 OPS in 53 games off the bench. That included going 13-for-40 (.325) as a pinch-hitter, ranking sixth in the National League.  Jay also went the entire season without committing an error (141 chances).  He enters the 2018 season with a streak of 189 contests without an error (319 chances), dating back to April 15, 2016.

An eight-year Major League veteran, Jay has played with the St. Louis Cardinals (2010-15), San Diego Padres (2016) and Chicago Cubs (2017).  He’s a career .288 hitter (889-for-3,082) with 439 runs scored, 157 doubles, 18 triples, 33 homers 287 RBI and 51 stolen bases in 988 career games.  He’s batted .290 or better in six of his eight seasons.  Jay owns a .996 career fielding percentage, which the highest mark by any active outfielder that has played at least 500 Major League games. 

He’s played in 67 career postseason games, batting .225 (48-for-213) with six doubles, one triple, five steals and 26 runs scored.  Jay won a World Series with the Cardinals in 2011 and also played in the 2013 Fall Classic vs. the Boston Red Sox. 

Following today’s transaction, the Royals have 40 players on their Major League Reserve List and one on the 60-day disabled list.

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