Blue Jays Nearing Two-Year Deal With Janssen

The Blue Jays are nearing a two-year deal with reliever Casey Janssen that includes a third-year option, tweets Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.  As the Blue Jays are a file and trial team, a multiyear deal was the only way to the impending arbitration hearing.  Janssen and the Jays had a $400K spread, with $2.2MM and $1.8MM submissions, respectively.  The two-year deal would buy out one free agent year with an option on a second.

Janssen, 30, posted a 2.26 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 0.32 HR/9, and 47.3% groundball rate in 55 2/3 innings last year.  He earned $1.095MM in 2011, his second arbitration year.  Janssen's extension would mark the seventh in the career of Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, according to our transaction tracker.


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14 Comments on "Blue Jays Nearing Two-Year Deal With Janssen"


Jose_Bautista
3 years 6 months ago

Casey Janssen is an extremely underrated relief pitcher.

Pitching to a tune of 6-0 with 2.26ERA to go with 2.3 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9  is no easy job.

Good to see he is being locked up.

3 years 6 months ago

Awesome. I was hoping the Jays would keep him around for a couple more years and not let him walk like they’ve done with numerous other relievers. Very solid 7th inning guy and potential set-up guy should CoCo falter.

3 years 6 months ago

Big contract for a guy who was actually sent down (no fault of his) earlier in 2011….

3 years 6 months ago

How do you know how big the contract is….

My guess is somewhere around 2/6MM with a 4.5M option

Nothing near breaking the bank

Mick_In_Ithaca
3 years 6 months ago

 I doubt it’ll be anywhere close to that high, since the arb figures were around 2M from each side. I’m guessing 2M, 2.3M and 2.5 for the option year.

3 years 6 months ago

Called it almost perfectly 😉

Mick_In_Ithaca
3 years 6 months ago

You were right. I was wrong.

Usually when I make guesses about money, I guess too high; like when I guess how much dough I have left in my bank account.

As penance, I will refrain from making guesses of any kind until after the All-Star break.

Howard
3 years 6 months ago

No big deal. Casey has always exceled decently while in the Majors. he’s had some shaky games here and there, even started for us a couple times years ago. He did amazing the best pitcher in our bullpen by far last year. He would of been a sweet 8th inning guy but they already said 7th inning is his. 

Jaysfan724
3 years 6 months ago

I’m glad to see Janssen found his niche as a reliever versus a starter.  He did really well last year in the Jays pen, and hopefully he finds similar success in the coming years.

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 6 months ago

agreed and it looks like Litsch is following his lead…

vilifyingforce
3 years 6 months ago

Glad to see it getting done. I think Janssen is just hitting his stride and will likely surpass Cordero on the depth chart by the end of the season and be our set-up guy.

rntkng
3 years 6 months ago

I somehow doubt Janssen cares about the posting order of this website.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

if Janssen is the Jays 6/7 inning guy, then the bullpen is looking pretty darn good..

when healthy he’s tough

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 6 months ago

how many solid years do you need to see? he is probably the jays top reliever…