The Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with another player this evening. Fresh off of settling with Darwin Barney, the team has agreed to a $1.1625M deal with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera. Jon Heyman has the story:
Ezequiel Carrera, blue Jays settle at $1,162,500
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 13, 2017
This contract is more than twice what Carrera earned in 2016 ($522,000). Per Ben Nicholson-Smith, MLB Trade Rumors projected a $1.2M contract for Carrera. This deal is certainly in line with that projection.
The outfielder had a decent season for the Jays in 2016, as he posted a line of .248/.323./.356. Those numbers were slightly above his career averages. Carrera is currently pencilled in for a starter’s role, but will more likely be the fourth outfielder come opening day.
With Carrera’s deal sorted, the Jays only have two arbitration-eligible players remaining. Marcus Stroman and Aaron Loup are both eligible this season. It will be interesting to see if the Jays can come to an agreement with either before they have to proceed to arbitration.