Player News - Blue Jays

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Marcus Stroman said Friday that he will go to an arbitration hearing with the Blue Jays.

There's only a $300,000 gap between what Stroman requested ($3.4 million) and what the Jays offered ($3.1 million), but evidently there's no hope of the two sides working out an agreement prior to a hearing. Stroman, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a Super 2 qualifier, held a 4.37 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio across 204 innings with Toronto in 2016.
Jan 20 - 10:56 AM

Blue Jays re-signed OF Jose Bautista to a one-year, $18.5 million contract.

While it once looked like a long shot, Bautista is officially back in the fold. The 36-year-old slugger unexpectedly saw a limited market this offseason due to age, injury and defensive concerns, and draft pick compensation, so a return to Toronto makes the most sense under the circumstances. Per Ben Nicholson-Smith of, Bautista will make $18 million in 2017 while the 2018 mutual option is worth $17 million with a $500,000 buyout. The vesting option for 2019 is worth $20 million. If Bautista enjoys a strong 2017, he'll almost certainly try his luck in free agency again next offseason.
Jan 18 - 11:01 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Jose Bautista will be guaranteed $18.5 million in his new deal with the Blue Jays.

A previous report indicated that the deal was worth $18 million. Bautista is getting a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2018 and a vesting option for 2019, which could push the maximum value to $60 million. The deal is said to be done and an official announcement from the Blue Jays should come soon.
Jan 18 - 8:32 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Jose Bautista will be guaranteed $18 million in his new one-year deal with the Blue Jays.

And so Bautista will receive a guarantee just above the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer he rejected from Toronto before testing free agency. Per Heyman, the new deal includes a pair of options (one mutual, one vesting) which could max out the contract at $60 million. Bautista wasn't up to his usual standards in 2016, but he has a chance to be a nice bargain at this price.
Jan 17 - 3:39 PM

Baseball Prospectus Toronto reports that the Blue Jays have re-signed slugger Jose Bautista, pending a physical.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the report. While specific terms aren't yet known, multiple reports suggest that it's a one-year deal with options which could keep him with Toronto through 2019. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that he at least beat the $17.2 million qualifying offer. It wasn't too long ago that it looked like Bautista's tenure with the Blue Jays was over, but his market wasn't as robust as hoped this winter due to a variety of factors, including age, injury concerns, and draft pick compensation. In the end, a reunion made sense for both parties. The 36-year-old hit .234 with 22 homers and an .817 OPS in 2016, which isn't quite on par with his past production, but he's still one of the game's most feared sluggers when healthy.
Jan 17 - 2:57 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, there's still work to do between the Blue Jays and slugger Jose Bautista.

It appeared to be a foregone conclusion that a deal would get done 24 hours ago, but suddenly it doesn't look like a sure thing. The last update on contract talks from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal noted that the two sides were discussion a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2018. Heyman hears that the Rays and Indians are also interested, so the door is still open a crack for a more generous offer elsewhere. Stay tuned.
Jan 17 - 11:45 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista's reps are discussing a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2018.

Rosenthal reported this morning that the two sides were working toward a two-year agreement worth something close to $35-40 million, but it seems the Jays have backed away from all that cash being guaranteed. It's not like there are a ton of other bidders lining up with multi-year deals. Bautista battled injuries last season and finished with a relatively disappointing .817 OPS, 22 homers, and 69 RBI in 116 games. 2017 will be his age-36 campaign.
Jan 16 - 3:11 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista are discussing a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.

And it sounds like an official agreement may be imminent. Bautista struggled to attract a healthy market for himself this winter after an injury-riddled 2016 that saw him post his worst OPS (.817) since 2009. In bringing Bautista back the Jays will lose the opportunity to gain a compensatory draft pick, but it's a relatively low-cost, low-risk deal at two years, $35-40 million for a guy who ranked among the most dangerous sluggers in the game just a season ago. If the 36-year-old Bautista can stay healthy for most of 2017 and 2018, this could really work out well for Toronto. Look for more details soon.
Jan 16 - 9:41 AM

Jesse Sanchez of reports that the Blue Jays are nearing a deal with Jose Bautista.

The Indians and Orioles have been mentioned as possibilities in recent days, but Sanchez writes that the Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runners. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the report while adding that it "seems likely to happen." No word on the exact terms being discussed, but Bautista's market hasn't been nearly as strong as originally hoped. The Blue Jays have a clear need for another outfielder, so it makes sense to retain him if the price is right, even though they won't get the draft pick they would have received if he signed elsewhere. Bautista, 36, has slugged 265 homers in 1,078 games with Toronto. Only Carlos Delgado (336) has hit more in franchise history.
Jan 16 - 12:04 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles have been in contact with the representatives for Jose Bautista this offseason.

Despite their comments at the winter meetings to the contrary, it appears as though the O's have at least checked in on their former division-rival. The longer that he remains on the free agent market, and his price continues to drop, the more appealing he may be to the Orioles.
Jan 15 - 8:55 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Indians have been "in touch" with free agent Jose Bautista.

The Indians were expected to have a relatively low-key offseason but so far it's been anything but. They already made a huge splash by adding Edwin Encarnacion and could go for the jugular by bringing in Bautista, who played seven years alongside Encarnacion in Toronto. Signing Bautista would fall in line with Cleveland's win-now approach, but the Indians' outfield is already overcrowded and it's unlikely they'd break the bank for a 36-year-old coming off a down season. The Indians have already forfeited their first-round pick and would only have to give up a second-rounder in order to sign Bautista.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 14 - 8:35 PM

Russell Martin will play shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Martin caught some flak for skipping out on the last WBC, but this time he's willing to do whatever he can to help Team Canada. Apparently that includes playing a new position. Martin has made 19 big-league appearances at third base and four at second base but has never played an inning of shortstop. "You go ahead and put me wherever you want," said Martin. Ryan Dempster, Freddie Freeman, Eric Gagne (seriously) and Justin Morneau are also slated to suit up for Team Canada in the WBC.
Jan 14 - 6:31 PM

Marcus Stroman requested $3.4 million and was offered $3.1 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

With the two sides being so close, there's a good chance that the two sides could reach an agreement rather than heading to arbitration. The 25-year-old hurler compiled a 4.37 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio across 204 innings with the Jays in 2016. As a Super-2 player, this is the first time that Stroman is eligible for arbitration. projected that he would earn $3.5 million in arbitration.
Jan 13 - 7:51 PM

Blue Jays and LHP Aaron Loup avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.125 million contract.

Loup had a rough 2016 that saw him post a 5.02 ERA over 21 appearances and spend some time in the minors, but he still got a small raise. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 13 - 12:20 PM

Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro on Friday indicated that the club has not ruled out re-signing Jose Bautista.

"We clearly need a corner outfielder and Jose’s probably the most talented one out there," Shapiro told 590 The Fan's Jeff Blair. Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reported a couple weeks ago that the Blue Jays and Bautista weren't in active contract discussions, but the door doesn't appear to be closed on a reunion. Working in Toronto's favor -- aside from Bautista already being familiar with the organization -- is that they wouldn't have to forfeit a draft pick to sign the outfielder.
Jan 13 - 10:52 AM

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