JAYS FROM THE COUCH KEEPS YOU UPDATED ON EVERY Toronto BLUE JAYS OFFSEASON MOVE ALONG WITH LONG TERM PAYROLL OBLIGATIONS.
This is going to be a huge offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays, and here at Jays From the Couch we look to provide you with up to the second coverage on every move the Blue Jays make. This post will keep a log on every move made, along with how it affects the payroll, and potential transactions moving forward. Updates will be continuously posted on the homepage at JaysFromTheCouch.com. It will also be reported and pinned on @Spenred.
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Contracts | Options | Arbitration | Free Agents to Be | Possible Free Agent Targets | Possible Trade Targets
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Blue Jays Current Contracts
Here are the multi year breakdowns for the major league roster. This chart will update as moves are made throughout the offseason. Last season the Blue Jays had $136,782,027 in committed payroll.
|Melvin Upton Jr.||$5,000,000|
|Multi Year Totals||$130,421,668||$73,375,000||$51,000,000||$14,000,000|
*Once exact contract breakdown for Morales/Pearce deal is announced, we’ll update payroll figures accordingly!
- Blue Jays exercise $3M Team Option on RP Jason Grilli
- Blue Jays sign FA DH, Kendrys Morales (Nov.11/16) 3yrs/$33M
- Blue Jays sign 1B/OF Steve Pearce (Dec.5/16) 2yrs/$12.5M
- Blue Jays sign IF Darwin Barney (Jan.12/7) $2.88M
Blue Jays Contract Options
The Blue Jays have one option this offseason on relief pitcher Jason Grilli. The team option will be accepted or declined on November 2nd, 2016. If the 2017 option is declined, there is a $250k buyout.
- Blue Jays exercise $3mil Team Option on RP Jason Grilli
Blue Jays Arbitration
Players who are under TC (Team Control) are in the first three years of their service time. Players under TC will make the league minimum or slightly above league minimum, which was $507,500 last season.
|Marcus Stroman||ARB Super Two|
- Blue Jays Avoid Arbitration w/ Darwin Barney $2.88
Arbitration players have served 3-6 years of MLB service time. While in the first three years the team dictates the player’s salary under team control, when a player reaches arbitration they have the ability to negotiate their contract. If both parties can’t agree on a contract, the dollar value will be determined by a non bias third party.
Undervalued players can sometimes get the short end of the stick if negotiations go to an arbitration panel. Arbitration hearings won’t look into numbers like FIP, UZR, or other advanced metrics in deciding the player’s contract. They rely on more basic numbers like batting average, RBI, and pitcher W/L records.
Blue Jays Free Agents to Be
Here is a list of unrestricted free agents for the Blue Jays this offseason. Players who have at least six years of MLB service time will be free agents able to sign with any team.
|Player||Qualifying Offer||Accept/Decline||Team/Deal Reached|
|R.A. Dickey||No||-||Atlanta Braves/ 1yr $7.5mil + $8mil Team Option|
|Edwin Encarnacion||Yes||Rejected||Cleveland Indians/ 3yr $60mil|
|Joaquin Benoit||No||-||Philadelphia Phillies/ 1 yr $7.5mil|
|Brett Cecil||No||-||St. Louis Cardinals/ 4yr $30.5mil|
|Gavin Floyd||No||-||Toronto Blue Jays/ Minor League Deal|
- Qualifying offer extended to OF Jose Bautista
- Qualifying offer extended to 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion
- SP R.A. Dickey signs 1yr $7.5mil + $8mil Team Option in 2018 with Atlanta
- OF Jose Bautista rejects Qualifying Offer
- 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion rejects Qualifying Offer
- RP Brett Cecil signs 4yr $30.5mil deal with St. Louis Cardinals
- RP Joaquin Benoit signs 1yr/$7.5mil deal with Philadelphia Phillies
The first part of the process is extending qualifying offers. QO’s are a one year deal set at the average of the top 125 paid players (plus bonuses) in the MLB. This year the qualifying offer is set at $17.2 million, a big jump from last years $15.8 million, and $15.3 the year before.
If the player declines the QO offer, they are able to sign with any team including their original team. Should they choose to decline and sign with another team, the team they declined the offer from receives a compensation draft pick in the upcoming June entry draft. QO’s will be offered five days after the World Series finishes. The player in question then has seven days to accept or decline the offer. This table will update when the offers are extended.
Minor League Deals
- OF/INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. signs 7yr/$22mil
- RHP Casey Lawrence signed to Minor League Deal
- C Mike Ohlman signed to Minor League Deal
- LHP Brett Oberholtzer signed to Minor League Deal
- RP Gavin Floyd signed to Minor League Deal
Possible Blue Jays Free Agent Targets
- Remaining free agent outfield options.
- Exploring Chris Iannetta as a backup catcher option.
- Addressing the bullpen with Koji Uehara
- Dexter Fowler sure would be nice in a Blue Jays uniform. But, don’t get your hopes up!
- To fill lefty bullpen void, Blue Jays should consider Jerry Blevins.
- Sean Rodriguez and Blue Jays have been linked. We explored the idea.
- Blue Jays Need to Explore Options at 1B. Here are some.
- Joe Smith would look nice coming out of Blue Jays bullpen.
- Kendrys Morales might be an interesting free agent DH Option.
- Boone Logan could be an answer to Blue Jays lefty reliever conerns.
- Possible backup catching options!
- Josh Reddick makes sense for the Blue Jays to fill the outfield void.
Possible Blue Jays Trade Targets
- Exploring a Melky Cabrera reunion.
- Looking to plunder the Pirates for lefty bullpen pieces.
- POLL: IF a deal is on the table for Marcus Stroman, do you do it?
- Blue Jays & Offseason Trade Talks
- Jake McGee could be a possible bullpen solution.
- Adam Eaton would be worth looking into if the White Sox are sellers.
- Yasiel Puig as a possible Blue Jays target is interesting!
- Ben Revere might be worth bringing back to provide speed at the top of the order.
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