Toronto Blue Jays Offseason Tracker

 

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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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.

 

Player2017201820192020
Troy Tulowitzki$20,000,000$20,000,000$20,000,00014,000,000
Russell Martin$20,000,000$20,000,000$20,000,000UFA
Francisco Liriano$13,666,668UFA
Josh Donaldson$17,000,000ARBUFA
Marco Estrada$14,500,000UFA
J.A. Happ$13,000,00013,000,000UFA
Melvin Upton Jr.$5,000,000
Justin Smoak$4,125,000$4,125,00*6,000,000
Jason Grilli$3,000,000UFA
Kendrys Morales*$11,000,000$11,000,000$11,000,000
Steve Pearce*$6,250,000$6,250,000
Darwin Barney$2,880,000
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 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.

 

PlayerOption/SalaryAccept/Decline
Jason GrilliTeam/$3,000,000Accept

 

 

 

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.

 

PlayerOptionProjected 2018 SalaryActual 2018 Salary
Aaron LoupARB3$1.8M
Ezequiel CarreraARB2$1.9M
Kevin PillarARB1$4M
Ryan GoinsARB1$1.8MNon-tendered
Aaron SanchezARB1$1.9M
Roberto OsunaARB1$5.6M
Marcus StromanARB1$7.2M
Josh Donaldson ARB3$20.7M
Devon TravisARB1$1.7M
Tom KoehlerARB2$6MNon-tendered

  • 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.

 

PlayerTeam/Deal Reached
Jose Bautista
Miguel Montero
Darwin Barney
Bo Schultz
Mike Bolsinger
Brett Anderson
Jeff BeliveauCleveland - MiLB Deal
Michael Saunders
Lucas Harrell
Mike Ohlman
Nick Tepesch
T.J. House
Brett Oberholtzer
Cesar Valdez
Darrell Ceciliani

 

  • 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

 

Possible Blue Jays Trade Targets

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spencer Redmond is a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His loves in life are the NBA, MLB, Stats, and his dog Parker.

Spencer Redmond

Spencer Redmond is a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His loves in life are the NBA, MLB, Stats, and his dog Parker.