Trading in Russell Martin on Friday was not the only task of Blue Jays.
Jaysi also signed the right-hander David Phelps in the hope of filling his chair. The one-year contract is expected to cost $ 2.5 million (in all US dollars), a club option for 2020 – $ 1 million and an additional $ 7 million potentially bonus based on appearances.
The club also achieved annual contracts with eight out of nine players ahead of schedule on Friday for exchanging final numbers for arbitration wages:
- Beginners Marcus Stroman and Jays agreed on a $ 7.4 million contract to avoid being questioned. The previous winter they went for a hearing and Stroman was given $ 6.5 million when it was looking for $ 6.9 million.
- Reliever Ken Giles and Jays settled at $ 6.3 million.
Ryan Tepera is the only Jay to go to arbitration.
32-year-old Phelps became a free agent after spending 2019 with Seattle Mariners – though on the side. Before the season, he suffered a torn ligament ligament and in March performed the operation of Tommy John. On Friday, Jays said they expect to be ready for the opening day – March 28 against Detroit Tigers.
Jays were on the border with 40 players before replacing Martin on Friday with the Los Angeles Dodgers, choosing a place for Phelps.
Phelps, selected in the fourth round of 2008 by New York Yankees, began as a swingman before moving to full-time in Miami in 2017 with Miami Marlins.
The Jays hope to get the version of Phelps from 2106, which this year carried 64 appearances for the Marlins with 2.31 ERA and 11.8 exclusions to nine innings.
Laura Armstrong is a sports journalist based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy