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A Blue Jays, Sanchez Extension: Optimist, Pessimist, Realist

Feb 20, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) pitches during the spring training workout at the Bobby Mattix Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 20, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) pitches during the spring training workout at the Bobby Mattix Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 30, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) watches play against the New York Yankees wearing a military camouflage cap as part of Memorial Day observations at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
May 30, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) watches play against the New York Yankees wearing a military camouflage cap as part of Memorial Day observations at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

For the upcoming season, Jays Journal will be introducing a new weekly series where contributors take a look at the latest Blue Jays rumor or news piece from the viewpoint of an optimist, a pessimist, and a realist. There are 3 sides to every argument: yours, mine and the truth (or somewhere close to it anyway).

This week, we’ll take a look at Aaron Sanchez, his vast potential, and how that might shape up for the Blue Jays over time. Sanchez has set himself up for immense financial earnings in the future with the hiring of super-agent, Scott Boras. Barring major injuries and unpredictable decline, Sanchez projects to earn significant figures in the arbitration process while setting himself up for a massive contract in 2021. However, the Boras hiring has already hinted at future negative, public theatrics during contract negotiations, which may threaten the Blue Jays’ chances of signing their young star.

It’s not a pressing issue by any means, as the Blue Jays have 4 years of control on his control, but if he can do things like lead the AL in ERA, and finish in the top 10 in Cy Young voting, his salary will go up quickly in arbitration. Only time will tell how the Blue Jays will handle the situation with Sanchez and his influence new agent.

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