2017/2018 Toronto Blue Jays Offseason Tracker


Jays From the Couch keeps you updated on every Toronto Blue Jays Offseason move along with long with payroll commitments



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.


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News and Rumours | Contracts | Options | Arbitration | Free Agents to Be | Possible Free Agent Targets | Possible Trade Targets

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Important Dates:

December 1: The deadline for teams to make contract offers to their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players. Any eligible player who does not receive a contract offer becomes a free agent

December 10 through 14: The yearly Winter Meetings, held in Orlando, Florida.

December 14 – The Rule 5 Draft is held. Players selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on their new team’s active 25-man roster all next season, or be placed on waivers and offered back to their former team.

January 13, 2018: Deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures. A contract can still be worked out after this date.

February 2018: Arbitration hearings are held throughout the month. Blue Jays arbitration eligible players are listed below.  Of note, all eyes will be on the contract situation of Josh Donaldson.


News and Rumours

Jan 6Blue Jays acquire Yangervis Solarte

Dec 27Blue Jays contacted Pirates about Josh Harrison

Dec 12Blue Jays reported to be “IN” on Marcell Ozuna

Dec 12– Blue Jays ‘keeping an eye on’ Carlos Gonzalez

Dec 11Ross Atkins speaks from the Winter Meetings

Dec 4– After removing him from the 40 man roster in November, the Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal with Luis Santos. It includes an invite to MLB Spring Training.

Dec 3Blue Jays OUT of Shohei Ohtani Sweepstakes. Ross Atkins said (albeit a tad vaguely) they did the best they could, but Ohtani’s decision based on things Blue Jays can’t control.

Dec 1– The Blue Jays non-tender Ryan Goins and Tom Koehler, acquire Aledmys Diaz for J.B. Woodman.

Nov 20– The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Gift Ngoepe from the Pittsburgh Pirates


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 $163,381,937 in Opening Day payroll. Payroll commitment table below imported from Cot’s 2018 Baseball Contracts


TORONTOUpdated 11/17salary + p-r bonus
Length / Total Value20182019202020212022
Donaldson, Josh21A4FA
Martin, Russell5 yr/$82M (15-19)$20,000,000$20.000FA
Tulowitzki, Troy7 yr/$134M (14-20)+21 opt$20,000,000$20.000$14.000$4.000
Estrada, Marco1 yr/$13M (18)$13,000,000FA
Happ, J.A.3 yr/$36M (16-18)$13,000,000FA
Morales, Kendrys3 yr/$33M (17-19)$11,000,000$12.000FA
Stroman, Marcus8A2A3A4FA
Koehler, Tom6.5A3A4FA
Pearce, Steve2 yr/$12.5M (17-18)$6,250,000FA
Osuna, Roberto6A1A2A3FA
Pillar, Kevin5A1A2A3FA
Smoak, Justin2 yr/$8.5M (17-18)+19 opt$4,125,000$0.250
Loup, Aaron2A3FA
Sanchez, Aaron2A1A2A3FA
Carrera, Ezequiel1.5A2A3FA
Goins, Ryan1.5A1A2A3FA
Travis, Devon0.75A1A2A3FA
Leone, Dominic.A1A2A3FA
Biagini, JoeA1A2A3A4
Tepera, RyanA1A2A3FA
Pompey, Dalton.A1A2A3
Alford, Anthony.
Barnes, DannyA1A2A3
Borucki, Ryan
Dermody, Matt
Greene, Conner
Guerrieri, Taylor
Gurriel, Lourdes7 yr/$22M (17-23)$1,428,571$1.929$2.929$3.929$4.929
Hernandez, Teoscar
Jansen, Dan
Maile, LukeA1A2A3
Mayza, Tim
McGuire, Reese.
Ngoepe, Gift
Pannone, Tom
Smith Jr., Dwight
Tellez, Rowdy
Urena, Richard
25-man 0-3 yr players
8 x $675,000 (est.)$5,400,000
Projected Total - TOR
Anderson, Brett.FA
Barney, Darwin.FA
Bautista, Jose
1 yr/$18.5M (17)+18-19 opts
Montero, Miguel5 yr/$60M (13-17)FA


*To be added to payroll:

Solarte: $4.125M

Diaz: ~$2M


Blue Jays Contract Options

To no one’s surprise, the Blue Jays declined the 2018 option on OF, Jose Bautista.


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 should be $545,000 in 2018. Arbitration figures below via Baseball Reference and projected deals via MLBTR.


PlayerOptionProjected 2018 SalaryActual 2018 Salary
Aaron LoupARB3$1.8M$1.81
Ezequiel CarreraARB2$1.9M$1.9M
Kevin PillarARB1$4M$3.25M
Ryan GoinsARB1$1.8MNon-tendered
Aaron SanchezARB1$1.9M$2.7M
Roberto OsunaARB1$5.6M
Marcus StromanARB1$7.2M
Josh Donaldson ARB3$20.7M$23M
Devon TravisARB1$1.7M$1.45
Tom KoehlerARB2$6MNon-tendered


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 an objective 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. A player like Aaron Sanchez will likely see less than he might deserve due to injury, etc impacting his ability to collect helpful stats for this process.


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 SchultzPittsburgh- MiLB Deal
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



Minor League Deals



Possible Blue Jays Free Agent Targets


Possible Blue Jays Trade Targets



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