Blue Jays Extend Casey Janssen

The Blue Jays announced that they have agreed to a two-year, $5.9MM contract extension with right-handed reliever Casey Janssen. The deal, which eliminates the need for an arbitration hearing, includes a 2014 option worth $4MM. Janssen will earn $2MM in 2012 and $3.9MM in 2013, MLBTR has learned. 

The contract buys out Janssen's final year of arbitration eligibility and his first free agent season. Janssen and agent Jim McDowell had asked for $2.2MM in arbitration, with the Blue Jays countering at $1.8MM.

The 30-year-old posted a 2.26 ERA with 8.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 and a 47.3% ground ball rate in 55 2/3 innings last year, when he earned $1.095MM as a second-time arbitration eligible player. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca first reported that the sides were nearing a two-year deal.

As MLBTR's Extension Tracker shows, Alex Anthopoulos has now completed seven extensions since becoming Toronto's GM.


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35 Comments on "Blue Jays Extend Casey Janssen"


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renegadeisback
3 years 4 months ago

Nice little move by AA.

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renegadeisback
3 years 4 months ago

Let’s take two arbitrary numbers/players and compare them! Bryce Harper makes $500K. Vernon Wells makes $20 million. Your point is what exactly? BTW, Janssen’s numbers last year DESTROY Aceves’.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

AA strikes again!

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Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

by signing a reliever to a  2 year deal?

I like AA as much as the next jays fan, but some things are just regular GM duties. Not everything is him ‘striking’ or being a ‘ninja’

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Sniderlover
3 years 4 months ago

lol yep. But still nice to see Jansenn locked up to a decent deal. I think that option buys out a FA year. 

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Actually the 2nd year in the contract buys out a FA year. The option is buying out another FA year after that.

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vilifyingforce
3 years 4 months ago

 For sure. Like this deal though.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

hey for sure me too, i’ve always liked Janssen.

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slider32
3 years 4 months ago

The relief pitching is a strong point for the Jays, good move.  AA just isn’t doing enough to keep up with the big boys, 4th place in the East. The editions of Moore and Pineda really hurt the Jays.

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vilifyingforce
3 years 4 months ago

 I think AA is doing a fine job. Pineda still has a lot to prove in my eyes and if we had of dealt for him (say for Lawrie) the team would be further behind. The team is still building so another 4th place really doesn’t bother me. 2013 is the season to see things start to come together and see if AA can start pulling the trigger on bigger deals or not.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

Jays are the most improved team this offseason in the East,maybe sans Tampa
(Jennings/moore)

We went from our awful bullpen, to a good bullpen. and from davis, rivera, hill, EE

to lawrie, Rasmus, Thames/Snider, Johnson
 

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vilifyingforce
3 years 4 months ago

 That doesn’t count. Didn’t happen this offseason.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

 sure it counts..

AA made 2012 moves at the deadline last year..

Rays adding moore are an improved team, they didn’t add him thiis offseason

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vilifyingforce
3 years 4 months ago

Your sarcasm meter is broken.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

apparently! lol

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notsureifsrs
3 years 4 months ago

no way dude this is just part 1 of a bigger deal

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Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

1st step in a trade for felix hernandez.

wait for the other shoe to drop, ninja strikes again

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johnsmith4
3 years 4 months ago

Yep….this is the big setup for getting Jacoby Ellsbury

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Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

I’d freaking LOVE that.

always been one of my favourite players.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Good to see Janssen signed.  One of our best relievers, year in and out.  Easily worth this contract.

(Before you counter 2009, he struggled with injury that year.)

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KB
3 years 4 months ago

became a janssen lover when he did that accidental cartwheel on the mound.