2011 Contract Issues: Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays will face three club options after the season:

  • Shortstop Alex Gonzalez has a $2.5MM option.  That's actually a bit less than he's earning this year, and the net price would be lower if there's a buyout involved.
  • Reliever Kevin Gregg has an odd contract, where the Blue Jays can exercise a $4.5MM option for 2011 or an $8.75MM option for 2011-12.  Both scenarios appear steep unless Gregg has a big year.
  • Backup catcher Jose Molina has a $1MM club option with a $200K buyout.

In Vernon Wells, Adam Lind, and Aaron Hill, the Blue Jays will pay an additional $16.1MM to players under contract.  Wells' $10.5MM bump leads the way.

Fortunately, the Jays have $31.65MM coming off the books as Lyle Overbay, Scott Downs, Jason Frasor, and John Buck will be up for free agency.  A few of the four will likely be dealt this summer.  Also to be cleared: $10MM owed to B.J. Ryan and $6MM to Roy Halladay

The Blue Jays have plenty of arbitration situations after the season, with non-tender candidates mixed in.  Brandon Morrow, Jesse Litsch, Dana Eveland, Jesse Carlson, and Merkin Valdez project as first-time arbitration players.  Shaun Marcum, Casey Janssen, and Dustin McGowan should be second-timers, while Edwin Encarnacion, Shawn Camp, and Jeremy Accardo will face arbitration for the third time.  The Blue Jays have a pair of fourth-year arbitration players in Jose Bautista and Brian Tallet.  There's a lot to sort through here, but no one seems likely to get a massive raise.

Thanks to Cot's Baseball Contracts for the information.


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9 Comments on "2011 Contract Issues: Toronto Blue Jays"


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5 years 3 months ago

Wells is still the issue. With Halladay and Ryan coming off the books they certainly have more financial flexibility. But he’s still taking up a spot.

5 years 3 months ago

I think it’s fair to say that a lot of these guys will be moved this year.

davidchu
5 years 3 months ago

wells makes much more, this is from cots

# $25.5M signing bonus ($8.5M payment each March 1, 2008-10)
# 08:$0.5M, 09:$1.5M, 10:$12.5M,
11:$23M, 12:$21M, 13:$21M, 14:$21M

so in 2010 he will be given a 8.5$ signing bonus and a salary of $12.5 so in total his comp for 2010 is $21 million

bluejaysstatsgeek
5 years 3 months ago

What Tim said was that VW’s compensation INCREASES by $10.5MM next year, although net of this year’s final installment on the signing bonus, the next extra cost is $2MM.

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

wells makes a lot but I think people should calm down about it, AA has said many times that his contract isn’t stopping the Jays from doing ANYTHING that they want to do.

and for now, can’t complain about 3 home runs in 2 games 😛

victorw
5 years 3 months ago

I guess they didn’t want to keep AJ Burnett or Roy Halladay.

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

ya i really don’t think i need to explain how those were 2 very different situations.

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

ya i really don’t think i need to explain how those were 2 very different situations.

bluejayspwn
5 years 3 months ago

get rid of overbay.