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Jon Jay | Outfielder | #25

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Jay went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Angels.
With this hit-less showing under his belt, Jay is now slashing a meager .239/.352/.304 in 46 at-bats. He's generally good for an average in the neighborhood of .300, but there's no real fantasy upside in his bat. Apr 14 - 11:24 PM

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Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay went 1-for-2 in the Royals' Cactus League loss to the Cubs on Sunday, raising his Cactus League average to .387.

There's nothing particularly noteworthy about 12 hits in 31 at-bats, but it's more worth noting that he's not playing his way out of a job this spring. In fact, Jay hit atop the lineup Sunday and could find himself there with regularity, as Sunday's lineup appeared to be something of a dry run for the regular season for Ned Yost's club. That doesn't make Jay a mixed league play, but he's suddenly more interesting in AL-only leagues.
Mar 25 - 6:30 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in his Royals’ debut on Friday versus the Diamondbacks.

Jay signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Royals this week and appears likely to begin the year as the primary center fielder and No. 2 hitter behind Whit Merrifield. He’s a strong on-base guy (.355 career OBP, .374 OBP last year), but unfortunately he just doesn’t provide enough pop or speed to be relevant outside of AL-only fantasy formats.
Mar 9 - 8:22 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Royals signed OF Jon Jay to a one-year contract.

Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports that it's worth $3 million guaranteed, with $1.5 million in performance-based incentives. It's a good spot for Jay, as he could slide in as the starting center fielder in place of Paulo Orlando. The veteran outfielder isn't an overly exciting fantasy option, but he hit .296 with a .374 on-base percentage with the Cubs last season. He turns 33 later this month.
Mar 6 - 3:36 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Jon Jay "appears to be a consideration for the Marlins."

The fit makes sense, as the Marlins are desperate for outfield help after trading their entire starting outfield this offseason and Jay should come cheap. Jay is also from Miami, went to The U, and the Marlins might offer him more playing time than he'd get anywhere else, so the interest would probably be mutual. Coming off a .296/.374/.375 line with two homers over 433 plate appearances last season with the Cubs, Jay will turn 33 next month.
Feb 8 - 5:34 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Orioles have had internal discussions about pursuing Jon Jay.

Kubatko believes that Jay would be a nice fit for the Orioles, but notes that the clubs has discussed him internally each of the last two winters and haven't made him an offer. Kubatko adds that there haven't been any rumblings yet about re-signing Seth Smith either.
Source: MASN Sports
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 11:07:00 AM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

According to Mark Feinsand of, there is "momentum" toward an agreement between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay has never shown much power, but he can play all three outfield spots and he batted .294 with an excellent .374 on-base percentage in 141 games this past season for the Cubs. The 32-year-old former second-round pick of the Cardinals signed a one-year, $8 million deal with Chicago last winter and figures to land something similar this offseason. Seattle has an opening in center field with Jarrod Dyson no longer under contract. This could come together quickly.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 03:48:00 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay is starting in center field and batting leadoff in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday against the Nationals.

It's the same lineup Cubs manager Joe Maddon drew up for Tuesday's game, which was postponed due to rain around Wrigley Field. Stephen Strasburg is now the scheduled starter for Washington after battling flu-like symptoms. Here's the full rundown for Chicago: Jon Jay CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Ben Zobrist RF, Kyle Schwarber LF, Addison Russell SS, Javier Baez 2B, Jake Arrieta SP.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 11:28:00 AM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay went 2-for-4 during Wednesday's division-clinching win over the Cardinals.

Both hits were singles. Today was a nice microcosm of Jay's fantasy season and career. He hits a lot of singles and doesn't do much else. He has a .295 batting average with two home runs, 33 RBI and 64 runs in 137 games.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:46:00 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored Friday versus the Brewers.

Most impressively, Jay fought through a 15-pitch at-bat against Brandon Woodruff by reaching on a single. He eventually scored on a single to center field from Ben Zobrist. Jay doesn’t provide enough pop or speed to be all that interesting in mixed leagues, but he’s hitting .290 with a .375 on-base percentage.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 12:55:00 AM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay went 2-for-3 with an RBI during Wednesday's interleague loss to the Rays.

He laced an RBI single to plate Mike Freeman with his club's only run of the game in the eighth inning. Jay was serving as the designated hitter today. He's gotten a surprising amount of playing time for the defending champions this year but hasn't done a whole lot with it. He has an empty .286 batting average with two home runs and 30 RBI in 397 plate appearances in 130 games.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 11:36:00 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on Friday versus the Cardinals.

Jay had a hand in the Cubs' decisive seven-run seventh inning, plating a run with a single and later scoring. It's going to be interesting to see how much Jay plays when/if the Cubs reach the postseason. He's sporting a nice .287/.373/.370 batting line on the season, but Chicago has some options. Jay has started nine 14 games in September, while Ian Happ has started 10 and Kyle Schwarber eight.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 05:48:00 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay had four hits and two runs scored as the Cubs downed the Braves 6-2 on Thursday.

Jay contributed three singles and a triple in the contest, setting the table all night for his Cubs teammates. The four-hit game was the second of the year for the 32-year-old, who also did it on July 24. Jay has been used sparingly but effectively this season, batting .291/.381/.381 with a pair of homers and three steals in parts of 114 games.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 12:58:00 AM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay will start in center field and bat leadoff Tuesday against the Reds.

Albert Almora, Jr. started in center field and batted leadoff on Sunday, but Jay will draw the start against righty Homer Bailey. Meanwhile, Kyle Schwarber is making another start out of the No. 2 spot in the order.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 02:51:00 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Royals

Jon Jay singled, doubled, and tripled in the Cubs' win over the Reds on Monday.

He also drew a walk but finished a home run short of the cycle. Jay is batting .299 with a .388 on-base percentage in 99 games this year and he's drawn two straight starts in the leadoff spot.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 12:01:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Adalberto Mondesi
3Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Jon Jay
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Justin Grimm
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
8Kevin McCarthy
9Scott Barlow
10Eric Stout