Canadian first baseman Justin Morneau says he had conversations with the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of the 2014 season, before ultimately signing as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies.

The decision boiled down to stability, the native of New Westminster, B.C., said during a guest appearance on Sportsnet’s At The Letters podcast.

“It was a tough decision because the Blue Jays were my favourite team growing up,” Morneau told hosts Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling, noting that former Toronto first baseman John Olerud was one of his favourite players growing up. “That would be so cool, to go there and … play for Canada’s team and put on that uniform. It just didn’t work out.”

Morneau recalls that the Blue Jays — led by general manager Alex Anthopoulos, himself a Canadian, at the time — were offering a one-year deal, while the Rockies were willing to tack on a second.

“If I was going to go somewhere new, I wanted to go somewhere and be able to be a little bit settled,” said Morneau, who spent the first 10.5 years of his career with the Minnesota Twins before a trade to Pittsburgh in August 2013. “When you’re on a one-year deal, it’s pretty easy to be traded. And to play on four teams in two years didn’t really sound that appealing to me.

“[I was] able to go somewhere with a little stability and an opportunity to play every day, and play first base every day, which is what they gave me in Colorado.”