Friday's deadline for all 30 MLB teams to determine which of their players will (and won't) be tendered contracts for the upcoming season has officially passed.
The Blue Jays entered the day with 13 arbitration-eligible players on their roster, with most of them being all but certain to be brought back and some as question marks. Here's a look at whose future with the club was decided today:
- Adam Cimber
- Trevor Richards
- Danny Jansen
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
- Tim Mayza
- Cavan Biggio
- Erik Swanson
- Jordan Romano
- Genesis Cabrera
- Santiago Espinal
- Daulton Varsho
- Alejandro Kirk
- Nate Pearson
Of that group, Richards, Cimber, Espinal and perhaps Pearson were the only ones that could've gone either way. However, the Blue Jays officially announced on X that Cimber is the only player they will not be tendering a contract to for the 2024 campaign.
Cimber, 33, was utterly dominant for the Blue Jays in the second half of the 2021 season and the entirety of 2022. The quirky right-hander had an ERA under 2.80 the entire time and also led the majors in appearances (77) in '22. He doesn't have a whole lot of heat, but he uses his funky delivery and offspeed pitches to keep hitters off balance.
This past year was a lost one for the six-year veteran. He dealt with a variety of different injuries - making his final appearance in the big leagues on June 18 - and by the time he was ready to come off of the injured list, the season was coming to a close and the Blue Jays didn't have room for him in their big league bullpen. His 2023 came to a close with a 7.40 ERA in 22 appearances.
Based off of his lengthy track record in the big leagues, Cimber is all but guaranteed to land on his feet in short order. There are always plenty of teams around the league in need of some reliable relief pitching, so if he's at full health, there's little doubt that he'll return to his 2022 form on a different club.
Other than that, the Blue Jays will be offering contracts to each of the other 12 players. Guerrero and Jansen could both be in-line for some major paydays coming up since they are inching closer to free agency and are going to play key roles in the Jays' lineup for many years to come.
Around the league, multiple former Blue Jays were also non-tendered, including New York Mets first baseman Daniel Vogelbach, Oakland A's infielder Kevin Smith and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez.