The latest Toronto Blue Jays news and notes with updates on Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Tepera, Eric Sogard and more.
Encarnacion Decision May Be Delayed
If you were anticipating an Edwin Encarnacion signing before the holidays, you may have to wait for a little while longer following the death of Encarnacion’s father who passed away earlier this week.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, there is mutual interest between both sides in a potential reunion, however, for the time being, Encarnacion will be focused on his family until after the holidays.
Tepera Inks New Deal
Former Blue Jays reliever Ryan Tepera has inked a contract with the Chicago Cubs for 2020. The hurler will be paid $900,000 if he sticks with the MLB club and $300,000 in the minors. The 32-year old saw his earned run average balloon to 4.98 in 23 appearances for the Jays in 2019.
Brewers Sign A Pair
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Sogard cashed in on a successful 2019 campaign signing a $4.5 million dollar deal with his former team. The 33-year old played 149 games with the Brewers between 2017-18.
Smoak will earn a modest $4 million next season with a club option for 2021 that includes a $1 million dollar buyout. The first baseman also sent a special message to Blue Jays fans on social media following the signing.
Clippard Joins Tenth Team
Former Blue Jays reliever Tyler Clippard will pitch for his tenth MLB team after latching on with the Minnesota Twins earlier this week. The 34-year old will be guaranteed a salary of $2.75 million in 2020.
Jays Hire Son Of John Farrell
The team has hired the son of former manager John Farrell as the amateur scouting director. Shane Farrell will replace Steve Sanders after spending last season as the Cubs west coast crosschecker.