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Blue Jays 2018 Projected Arbitration Salaries

Every year on, 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, “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

REPORT: Gibbons Signs a 2-Year Contract Extension

(Hi friends! Quick snippet of some info for this weeks posts that you should know. I have a science test, math test, business test and art project due during this week. Therefore, these next few posts will have been scheduled/pre-written. This is also the reason that I will not be very active on twitter this week. To get to the point, any small Jays news will not be written about this week, and some of last weeks news will be posted this week instead. Unless the Jays trade _____, then I will make a post about it. Anyways, lets get to the post. Have a fantastic week!)

As reported by multiple sources, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons agreed to a two year contract extension, with a club option for the 2020 season.

Gibbons has received many mixed feelings throughout the past several seasons. Starting from his unexpected come back, his feet on the table, and his laid back personality (which is certainly not a bad thing). The thing about good ol’ “Gibby” is that he likes to give the players a chance to lead, which can lead to many different outcomes. With this team, the Jays have great leaders including Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin. Therefore, Gibby does not have to do much. But with the 2013 team, the “leading players” were not very existent.

Unlike former Jays GM Alex Anthopolous, Gibbons hit it off with Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins from the very beginning, which blossomed into a great relationship. Anthopolous and Shapiro reportedly disagreed on some things, which resulted in him leaving the Blue Jays. It is wonderful to see a front office have so much trust in their manager.

So, what do you think about the Blue Jays bringing back John Gibbons? Tweet me your opinions @aalyssacohen!

Alyssa Cohen

David Price’s Injury and What That Means to the Toronto Blue Jays (and Entire AL East)

David Price is a major key within the starting rotation for the Boston Red Sox. But, if David Price cannot pitch throughout the entirety of the season, what does this mean to the American League (East)?

On March 2, 2017, the Boston Red Sox publicly shared the news of David Price and his injury. After announcing that he was going to miss his first spring training start with the Red Sox of 2017, fans and writers a like demanded reasoning. News quickly spread about his apparent elbow soreness, and how he may not be able to pitch this season. The Boston Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski and manager John Farrell were quick in responding to the statements made about Price, and addressed the media in a respectful manner. They stated that they were going to be getting a “second opinion” for the matter, and have seeked the help of Dr. James Andrews to do so. Whenever Dr. Andrews is needed, that assures you that things are not doing well.

While the Boston Red Sox still have Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Steven Wright, Price would still be a huge loss. David Price eats up about 200 innings every year, plus even more in the postseason. Meaning that he acts as two starters, rather than one (based on innings and previous statistics). And with the seven year contract that the Boston Red Sox gave to Price, they will essentially be throwing $33 million down the drain.

As a Toronto Blue Jays fan who was a huge fan of David Price while he was a Jay, I can’t say I am too upset about the circumstances. Sure, the whole event is sad, but I am sure glad that the Jays won’t have to face him for potentially an entire season. Regardless, I still wish him the best of luck (expect when facing the Jays!).

So what does mean to the American League East? Well, for one thing they won’t have to face a 2012 Cy Young Award winner every few weeks. David Price has shown major success while pitching in the American League East for so long. For teams in the American League that have a lot of left handed hitters, it definitely helps them out with the righty-lefty hitting match up.

For the Toronto Blue Jays specifically, the injury of Price means they are that much closer to being the potential favourites to with the division. While I still think the Boston Red Sox have a lock on it, losing a major starter in David Price evens out the playing field for the Jays and could potentially make our starting rotation that much better.

Alyssa Cohen

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Jays Sign Mat Latos (and Cat Latos) + Joe Biagini Being “Stretched”

Last night, tweets were coming out sharing the possibility of the Toronto Blue Jays signing RHP Mat Latos to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training camp. Those rumours have been confirmed and a deal has been signed according to the Toronto Blue Jays (who are the #1 reliable source in Jays land!).

If you are not aware of who Latos is, last season he played for the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals as both a starter and reliever. In his early career with the San Diego Padres, Latos was an excellent pitcher and finished eighth in Cy-Young voting in 2010. He had been with four Major League franchises before selecting a one year contract with the Chicago White Sox in 2016. While starting with the White Sox, he had an amazing start, but a not so great ending. He signed a contract with the White Sox in the beginning of 2016 (in the offseason), and was thought of as their 5th starter. In his first four starts he pitched to an ERA of 0.74, but then allowed 29 earned runs in his next 36 innings pitched. Around the end of May (2016), the Chicago White Sox picked up   James Shields (a starter essentially picked up to replace Latos) and was designated for assignment. He was then released. A few weeks later, Latos signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, with whom he stayed with until just recently (recently as in today) signing with the Toronto Blue Jays. The route to pitching with the major league team was very slow, as he was assigned to their Rookie-level Gulf Field Coast League. After months of work in the minors to help improve him, he finally made his Nationals debut on September 4, 2016 against the New York Mets.

Today the deal was officially signed and announced (plus 30 minutes after it became official he walked onto the field wearing Jays Spring Training gear (it escalated very quickly needless today!). At this point, the deal seems to be a minor league deal with no word of how much it is worth or for how long. In short, this will give the Jays some potential pitching depth in both the bullpen and potential starting rotation (more to that in a moment).

Making it official this morning meant that over the course of today many Jays tweeters would think of some great puns about the guy (and his cat… Cat Latos). Trust me when I say they do not disappoint! Here are some of my favourites (to see all of my favourite tweets as soon as I see them, follow me on twitter here):

If you have been following the Jays closely throughout this long (and stress enduring) off season, you have probably seen talks somewhere about stretching out Joe Biagini to become a starter, or at least have a significant roll in the starting rotation (Joe has his own opinions on this subject matter, which I encourage you to watch here). If you recall, whenever a starting pitcher or a pitcher with a significant roll in the club became injured, the Jays would always call up Drew Hutchison. It is times like these that we forget the heavy roll that Hutchison played in the organization, although he spent most of his time with the Buffalo Bisons (the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate team). With the signing of Mat Latos, the Jays can feel a bit more comfortable with the issue of not nessicarily having a back up pitcher to fill in the rotation.

Does the signing of Mat Latos affect Joe Biagini? The future is quite unclear with the answer to that question. If anything, it will leave the Jays with a tough decision (if Mat Latos shows real potential). If by chance Joe Biagini wins a fifth spot in the rotation, Mat Latos could fill the loss of Biagini in the bullpen, but I think that is a big risk as Biagini was one of the most effective players of the Jays bullpen last season. He was one of the star pitchers of last season thought the league, and being a rule 5 draft pick by the Jays made his story that much more interesting! Since the Jays have shared that they will not be limiting Aaron Sanchez like they did last year, the Jays need for a fifth starter is less significant than it was last year, but it’s reassuring to know that there are two guys that could fill the void, and do it successfully.

Alyssa Cohen

P.S. Here’s a picture of Mat Latos incredibly cute cat, “Cat Latos” which I expect to be a subject of discussion during some media interviews this Spring Training!