The Blue Jays reportedly offered Joc Pederson a contract this offseason but the former Dodgers outfielder decided to sign a one-year, $6 million contract with the San Francisco Giants instead. This season, Pederson has appeared in 35 games and owns a .937 OPS on the year, adding 11 home runs and 24 RBI. He most recently played the hero against the New York Mets earlier this week when he clubbed three home runs and drove in eight in a 13-12 affair with the Giants earning the win.
Another player the Jays front office apparently offered a contract to this offseason, Brad Miller decided to sign a two-year deal with the Texas Rangers worth $10 million. Miller is seeing some more game action with the Rangers than he probably would have if he signed with the Blue Jays, already having 106 at-bats on the year while amassing a .220/.265/.4394 slash line with a .659 OPS.
You may remember Miller being an absolute buzzkill during the Jays’ home opener, leading off the game with a solo home run off Jose Berrios that silenced the crowd pretty quickly.
Regarded as the type of player to bounce back like Robbie Ray did last year with the Jays, southpaw Andrew Heaney had his fair share of suitors this offseason, including the Toronto Blue Jays. Heaney became one of the first players off the market when he signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $8.5 million ($500K more than what the Jays signed Ray to the offseason prior).
The left-hander has only made two starts this season before going on the IL in mid-April due to shoulder discomfort. He is close to a return and will hopefully continue to pitch as he did before the IL stint; through 10.1 innings he has yet to allow an earned run while striking out 16 batters compared to four hits allowed.