The Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with another player, which leaves only one eligible player left. Meanwhile, Mark Shapiro spoke to the media today. Finally, one of the team’s potential backup catcher options is now off of the market.
- The Blue Jays reached an agreement with Aaron Loup, reported to be worth $1.125M. The lefty has struggled over the past two seasons. In 2016, Loup sported a 5.02 ERA over 14.1 innings in the majors. He also pitched 19.2 innings in Buffalo. MLB Trade Rumors had projected a deal worth $1.2M.
- With Loup’s deal, Marcus Stroman is now the only arbitration-eligible player left. A season removed from his ACL surgery, Stroman posted an ERA of 4.37 over 204.0 innings. MLB Trade Rumours projects a $3.5M salary in 2017. Per Shi Davidi, Stroman and the Jays will now only avoid arbitration if they can agree to a multi-year deal.
- The Jays have missed out on one of their options for backup catcher. The team had reportedly shown interest in Chris Iannetta. However, Jon Heyman reports that the veteran has signed a deal with the Diamondbacks.
- Mark Shapiro was on Sportsnet 590 this morning. During the interview, he noted that the Jays clearly need a corner outfielder, and that Jose Bautista is “probably the most talented one out there.” Shapiro went on to add that the draft pick tied to Bautista is also valuable. You can read a summary of the interview here, or listen to it in its entirety here.