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Blue Jays 2018 Projected Arbitration Salaries

Every year on MLBTradeRumors.com, Matt Swarts and the rest of the team on MLB Trade Rumors have created a successful formula for predicting arbitration salaries for each MLB team. Listed below, you will find the projected arbitration salaries for Toronto Blue Jays in the 2018 season:

  • Josh Donaldson – $20.7MM
  • Aaron Loup – $1.8MM
  • Tom Koehler – $6.0MM
  • Ezequiel Carrera – $1.9MM
  • Marcus Stroman – $7.2MM
  • Kevin Pillar – $4.0MM
  • Ryan Goins – $1.8MM
  • Aaron Sanchez – $1.9MM
  • Devon Travis – $1.7MM
  • Roberto Osuna – $5.6MM

If all of the projected salaries are correct, the Blue Jays will commit $52.6 Million to players in arbitration. In total payroll, the Blue Jays currently have $142.7 Million committed to players on the 25-man roster, with 4 open spots available.

For more news on arbitration and free agency eligible players, click here.

Alyssa Cohen

Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Free Agents and Arbitration Eligible Players

Welp… that was one ugly looking season. But you already knew that, so let’s not rehash.

The Toronto Blue Jays 2018 team could look A LOT different than the 2017 team, which is not a bad thing at all! Another season over, means another year older. And eventually, those years can add up, especially to all of the big league players.

The Jays have 6 free agents on the current 40-man roster, including:

  • Brett Anderson
  • Darwin Barney
  • José Bautista
  • Marco Estrada (re-signed with the Jays!!!)
  • Michael Saunders (club option)
  • Miguel Montero

The Blue Jays also have 6 players that have arbitration eligibility. Players are eligible for arbitration if they meet a certain piece of criteria. These include: having at least three full seasons with MLB playing time. As stated on fangraphs.com, “If a player qualifies for arbitration, they can still reach a contract agreement with their team and choose not to go to a hearing. If the two sides cannot reach an agreement, though, both sides submit their salary request to an arbitration panel. A hearing is conducted, and both sides are allowed to state why they believe the player’s salary should be set at the level they specified. The arbitration panel — an unbiased, third party — then decides which case is stronger, and awards the player the salary they deem most appropriate.”

The players that qualify for arbitration that were on the Jays 2017 40-man roster, include:

  • Ryan Goins
  • Tom Koehler
  • Aaron Loup
  • Roberto Osuna
  • Kevin Pillar
  • Marcus Stroman
  • Darwin Barney
  • Ezequiel Carrera
  • Aaron Sanchez
  • Devon Travis
  • Josh Donaldson

The Blue Jays will be investing a lot of money into many of the players on this list, as well as others including Martin and Tulowitzki. There are a lot of players that the Jays will be looking at to base their contract offers on. For example, Osuna and the Jays front office can look at Trevor Rosenthal’s contract in his early years as a closer for the St. Louis Cardinals, to compare it with what he should be making for the 2018 season. Rosenthal entered arbitration for the first time in 2015 and saw his salary shoot up from $535,000 to 5.6 million.

As always, when news comes out about free agent contracts and arbitration eligible players, you can hear it on my blog (what you’re reading right now)! Don’t forget to follow me on twitter for 24/7 updates!

Alyssa Cohen

Blue Jays re-sign RHP Marco Estrada (!)

The Toronto Blue Jays have officially announced the re-signing of RHP Marco Estrada, to a one-year $13-million contract extension.

Last night around 11pm EST, MLB insider JP Morosi tweeted out that the Blue Jays were close to re-signing Estrada to a one year deal. About 13 hours later, the Jays made it official!

Estrada has been pitching for the Jays since the 2015 “dream season”. Many fans don’t know (or remember), that the Estrada started as a relief pitcher for the Blue Jays, before being converted to a starter later in the 2015 season! In 3 seasons with the Jays, he has had a combined ERA of 3.82 and has played over 94 games for them.

This re-signing gives a head start to what seems to be like a challenging upcoming off-season for the Jays team/front office. With 4 (?) pending free agents on the current 40-man roster. Along with all of the outfield, backup catcher, and relief pitching priorities.

It’s nice to know that a quality starter in Estrada will be on our team for yet another season!

You can check out some Estrada highlights from his 2016 season down below! And from the 2015 season, here!

Alyssa Cohen

The Case For Ryan Goins

Toronto Blue Jays IF Ryan Goins is out of options. If Goins were to be left off of the 2017 25-man roster, the Jays would have to put him on waivers, making him available by any major league baseball team to claim. Since Goins is a major league level player, it is more likely than not that he would be claimed by an organization, leaving the Jays with one less utility player.

If you don’t know what the term “options” translates to, here is a great definition from MLB. “A player can go up and down several times in one season, but it would only count as one option for the year. In other words, a player can ride the proverbial shuttle up and down numerous times over the course of one season and it will still only count as one option. If a player hits the magic number and the third option is up, that’s when the term ‘out of options’ comes up. Once the three options are used up, the Major League team cannot send the player down without trying to put him through waivers. That, in turn, exposes the player to the other 29 teams, who are all given an opportunity to claim him.”

This is the kind of situation that led to baseball executives wanting a 26th spot on the roster. Instead, they bargained for a 10-day DL. But for someone like Goins who is out of options, the 10-day DL doesn’t benefit him. It is more of a disadvantage.

The biggest debate going on right now is whether Darwin Barney is better than Goins, and vice versa. While Goins has been with the Blue Jays for several years (and can be considered a Toronto Blue Jays veteran), Barney is arguably better than (or at least equal to) Goins. In my opinion, Goins and SS Troy Tulowitzki are a great pair together in the infield, while Barney and Tulo are “OK”. Goins also has a great presence in the clubhouse, while Barney’s clubhouse presence is somewhat unknown in the media.

Losing a great utility player like Ryan Goins will definitely hurt the Blue Jays in the long run, so what can they do to keep him? Not much. Unless the Blue Jays have a significant injury to one of the 25-man roster position players (forcing them to go onto the 60-day DL) , the Jays will have to put him on waivers.

If the Blue Jays feel that Ryan Goins is the weakest player and unable to make the 25-man roster, the right thing would be for the Blue Jays to trade him, and give him the opportunity to potentially play everyday.

Now you ask, “Do I (Alyssa) think that Ryan Goins will be on the Blue Jays 25-man roster for the start of the 2017 season?” Well, you will have to wait until Friday to find out!

Alyssa Cohen

Blue Jays Renew Aaron Sanchez’s Contract

The Toronto Blue Jays have renewed Aaron Sanchez’s contract for the 2017 season to the major league minimum of $537,000 USD, as first reported by Bob Elliott.

Last season, Sanchez earned $517,800 USD, but was raised this year because the minimum pay increased thanks to the new basic agreement.

Sanchez was offered more, but Boras and himself declined. Therefore, Atkins kicked in the longtime Blue Jays policy and gave him the minimum as a result (no negotiation). The policy consists of “If a pre-arbitration player declines the initial proposal, minimum wage will be offered.” (Thanks to Michel on Facebook for pointing this out to me and for me to put it in the post.)

As most you already know, Aaron Sanchez had record of 15-2, and was crowned the ERA champion after finishing the season with an ERA of 3.00. His win percentage was also .882, the best in the american league.

According to Scott Boras (Sanchez’s new agent), the process could be described as “… the harshest treatment any team could provide a player.”

After having the highest ERA and win percentage in the american league, did Boras (and Sanchez) expect the Jays to offer him more than minimum. I would say yes. Although, the Jays have strict policy when it comes to renewing contracts, and Sanchez’s contract was no exception.

When asked about the process of renewing Sanchez’s contract, GM Ross Atkins said “This is a policy that was put in place 10 years ago. I don’t see it as punitive, we don’t see it as punitive because it’s your choice to not accept the higher number.”

A team that Scott Boras could have been looking at could have been the New York Mets. The Mets renewed (former Jays farm system player) Noah Syndergaard’s (2017) contract to $605,000 USD, a significantly higher amount than what the Jays will be paying Sanchez.

We still have quite a bit of time until Sanchez is arbitration-eligible (after the end of the 2017 season), and even more time until he becomes a free agent (after the 2020 season).

Alyssa Cohen