The Blue Jays and Marcus Stroman appear to be headed to the arbitration table. As we mentioned earlier today, the two sides have not come to an agreement in regards to next year’s salary. Gregor Chisholm now reports that both parties have submitted their arbitration figures.
#BlueJays filed $3.1 million as Stroman's arbitration number. He filed $3.4 million.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) January 14, 2017
MLB Trade Rumors had projected Stroman would earn $3.5M this season. Stroman and the Blue Jays appear to be close in their understanding of his value. It should be noted that Blue Jays are a file and trial team. That means that, unless they can agree to a multi-year deal, they will have to settle this in arbitration. The arbitration hearing will take place at some point in the near future.
Stroman is coming off of a somewhat disappointing year. He posted a 4.37 ERA over the course of 204.0 innings. That said, he improved considerably in the second half. There is also plenty of value in a pitcher who can provide 200+ innings.