The Toronto Blue Jays could emerge as a dark horse candidate for star free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.

To this point, Martinez has been mostly connected to the Red Sox, the incumbent Diamondbacks, and at least a couple teams that are looking at superstar trade option Giancarlo Stanton first — the Giants and Cardinals.

And the Blue Jays have been linked to free agent outfielder Jay Bruce, a player they like and nearly traded for before.

But while the Blue Jays may not consider themselves a favorite for Martinez, he fits their need for a corner outfielder and they have at least considered him. They may be a bit leery of where the price might go after his monster season — his .690 slugging percentage would have been the highest since Barry Bonds with a few more plate appearances to qualify — and they’ve lost out to some big free agents in recent years (Dexter Fowler is an example), but he is at least on their radar.

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins declined comment.