Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports is reporting that the Blue Jays “could emerge as a dark horse candidate” for Martinez.
If the Blue Jays do make a push for Martinez, they’ll have some competition. Heyman says the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Diamondbacks have also shown interest in signing the 30-year-old.
Those teams may also be more inclined than the Blue Jays to match the high contract demands Martinez is reportedly making.
Heyman also added that Toronto is interested in outfielder Jay Bruce, who is reportedly asking for $80 million.
The Blue Jays nearly acquired Bruce in a trade before the 2016 season. The trade fell apart when one of the prospects involved failed a physical, but Bruce was reported as being excited to join Toronto.