Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays averted wage arbitration Friday evening by agreeing to a $14.5 million US contract for subsequent season.
Toronto had 12 gamers eligible for arbitration — solely Tampa Bay with 14 had extra. The lone member of that Blue Jays group who didn’t settle Friday was shortstop Bo Bichette.
Bichette and the Blue Jays are comparatively far aside. He requested $7.5 million this 12 months, and the crew provided $5 million. If the edges are unable to strike a deal, they might go to a listening to earlier than a three-person arbitration panel someday between Jan. 30 and Feb. 17 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The panel would award both quantity.
Also agreeing to one-year offers have been Toronto nearer Jordan Romano ($4,537,500), catcher Danny Jansen ($3.5 million), right-hander Adam Cimber ($3.15 million), outfielder Daulton Varsho ($3.05 million), infielder Cavan Biggio ($2.8 million), infielder Santiago Espinal ($2.1 million), left-hander Tim Mayza ($2.1 million), right-hander Trevor Richards ($1.5 million), reliever Erik Swanson ($1.25 million) and right-hander Trent Thornton ($1 million).
Guerrero, runner-up in 2021 AL MVP voting, earned $7.9 million final season. The two-time all-star batted .274 with 32 homers, 97 RBIs and an .818 OPS in 160 video games. He additionally was a shock Gold Glove winner at first base.
Bichette had 189 hits to guide the American League in that class for the second consecutive season. He batted .290 with 24 dwelling runs, 43 doubles, 93 RBIs and an .802 OPS in 159 video games.