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.
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