Toronto Blue Jays contracts and team control: 2016 and beyond

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Aug 1, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro (30) and starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (center) and pitching coach Pete Walker (40) walk onto the field prior to the start of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre. The Kansas City Royals won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Expiring Contracts

Dioner Navarro:  Martin’s arrival pushed Navarro down the totem pole, and despite his wishes to be moved into a starting role elsewhere, it hasn’t happened. He’s collecting a $5 million salary in 2015 and seems very likely to leave for a shot at a full-time role.

Mark Buehrle:  Papa Buehrle is a man of mystery, and has dodged all retirement questions thrown his way over the past few months. Many believe that he’ll seek out a short deal closer to home or family, but don’t be surprised if Anthopoulos at least has the conversation with the veteran lefty. He’s been expensive, but he’s earned it.

Marco Estrada:  Here’s an interesting one. Estrada could very well chase a free agent contract after this season, and has done extremely well to establish himself as a legitimate MLB starter. This one will come down to dollars and cents, but I expect the Jays to do everything possible to retain the changeup guru.

Mark Lowe:  After coming over from the Mariners, Lowe is likely to sign elsewhere following the season. Perhaps Toronto sees something they like, but Lowe’s history suggests that his 2015 performance may not be very sustainable.

LaTroy Hawkins:  The 42-year old Hawkins has already stated that he’s headed for retirement. It’s been an incredible career for the right-hander, and his addition in the Tulowitzki trade was a great piece of value.

David Price:  The big fish. Price will be the number one baseball story in the city of Toronto over the next six months, but after the deadline we just experienced, maybe the Jays surprise us one last time by opening up the vault. Price gives the Jays a legitimate ace, and with all of this talent under team control for the next year or two, why not aim big?

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