Jon Jay signs for the Kansas City Royals

The Cuban signed for one year

Jon Jay

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Jon Jay is joining the Royals after the club announced Tuesday afternoon that it had agreed to a one-year deal with the outfielder. To make room for Jay on the 40-man roster, the Royals placed left-hander Jesse Hahn on the 60-day disabled list.

Jay will earn a base salary of $3 million, with a chance to make an additional $1.5 million in incentives based on his number of plate appearances in 2018, a source told's Mark Feinsand.


Jay batted .296/.374/.375 with two home runs and 34 RBIs in 141 games for the Cubs in 2017. The 32-year-old is a career .288/.355/.383 hitter with 33 home runs and 287 RBIs in 988 games across eight Major League seasons.

A World Series champion with the Cardinals in 2011, Jay has made six postseason appearances throughout his time in the big leagues.


Jay has experience playing all three outfield positions, and he is likely to take over as Kansas City's center fielder after Lorenzo Cain departed for Milwaukee via free agency this past offseason. According to Feinsand, the opportunity for Jay to earn an everyday role with the Royals was a "deciding factor" for him to ultimately sign with the club.

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