The Toronto Blue Jays have made multiple signing announcements. The 2021 Blue Jays have been a very quiet team throughout MLB’s offseason. The team has announced three signings, two extensions avoiding arbitration, and one international signing announced following International Signing Day.
2021 Blue Jays Extend Hernandez and Stripling
Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez had a breakout season in 2020 posting 55 hits, 16 home runs, 34 RBIs, and a .289 batting average which earned him the Silver Slugger award. The 28-Year old will remain in Toronto after signing a one-year deal with a base salary of $4.3 million USD for 2021, his contract salary is guaranteed and he is still eligible for arbitration through 2023. Teoscar Hernandez will be a crucial piece for the Blue Jays in the outfield and will be looked upon to provide offense, just as he did one year ago.
Right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling will remain a Toronto Blue Jays pitcher. Ross Stripling joined the Toronto Blue Jays in 2020 after starting 7 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 31-year-old pitcher had a 3-1 record through those 7 starts with the Dodgers, finishing his year in Toronto with an 0-2 record in 2 starts.
Ross Stripling returns on a fully guaranteed one-year contract with a base salary of three million USD. Ross will help the backend of the Blue Jays rotation while looking for better fortunes in 2021.
2021 Blue Jays: International Signing
One day after International Signing Day the Toronto Blue Jays signed 16-year old shortstop Manuel Beltre. The Blue Jays have signed the young Dominican Republic born shortstop for one-year at $2.6 million USD in salary.
Manuel Beltre is six feet tall and he bats and throws right-handed. He’s ranked as the number 24 top international baseball prospect and will bring his talents to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, hopefully, in a few years. He’s the only Top 30 International prospect to sign with the Blue Jays this winter and he’s committed to Florida International University.
Blue Jays Still With No Big Name Free Agent Signings
The Toronto Blue Jays are still without the big-name free agent signing that fans and media have been anticipating all offseason. Currently known by many on social media as the Runner-up on nearly every free agent that has signed this winter. This rang true again as second baseman D.J LaMehieu signed a contract with the New York Yankees worth $90 million USD for six years.
The Toronto Blue Jays were in on the second baseman after re-engaging contract talks with Lemahieu’s management team. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays have come up short after offering a four-year contract worth $78 Million US. Toronto strikes out once again and will need to make a move soon if they desire a top-caliber player in free agency.
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