The Toronto Blue Jays have eight players eligible for arbitration this offseason, however, there is a chance the brain trust opts to non-tender some players.
Blue Jays Who Are Arbitration Eligible
The name that immediately jumps off the page is Devon Travis, the second baseman was once again hampered with injuries missing the entire 2019 season. With Cavan Biggio emerging as an everyday MLB player, the Blue Jays may look to non-tender Travis. It is really unfortunate that injuries have prevented Travis from reaching his full potential.
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Ken Giles will more than likely be tendered a contract, although don’t be surprised if he is traded during the offseason. The Jays attempted to move the closer at the trade deadline, however, his health prevented clubs from pulling the trigger.
It is a safe bet that Matt Shoemaker returns seeing the immediate need for starting pitching on the current roster. If healthy, Shoemaker could be a bargain at $3.8 million next season. The 33-year old was quite impressive in the five starts he made last season before suffering a season-ending injury.
Luke Maile could be a non-tender candidate seeing there is no room for the veteran backstop on the major league roster following the emergence of Reese McGuire. Maile is cheap enough the Jays could keep him in the fold at Triple-A for depth as well.
Brandon Drury‘s future is also questionable following another disappointing offensive campaign where he hit just .218/.262/.380. Drury does provide his manager with some positional flexibility as he can play both the infield and outfield.
Ryan Tepera is a no-brainer to be tendered a contract at his current salary, the reliever is an important part of the bullpen when healthy. I would assume Derek Law is in the same boat as Tepera and will be tendered a contract.
The Blue Jays have vowed to be active this offseason so we will have to wait and see how the non-tenders shake out.
Who do you think they will bid adieu to this offseason, chime in below and let us know?