Blue Jays Avoid Arbitration with Chapman, Guerrero Jr, and More

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The Toronto Blue Jays front office have been very busy signing players and working on contract extensions as the team prepares to begin the 2022 season. Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins have not been shy this offseason as they are showcasing their all-in attitude and prepare to make a push for a postseason run with an already impressive roster.

The management staff has signed eleven players to contracts including infielders Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman.

Matt Chapman signs Two-Year Deal

The biggest announcement over the last couple days was the contract extension of Matt Chapman. The Toronto third baseman agreed to a two-year contract extension locking him up through 2024. The deal also avoids arbitration and is reportedly worth $25 million USD.

The now 28-year-old third baseman has played five MLB seasons, all of those as a member of the Oakland Athletics. Chapman has put up impressive numbers each season including his 2019 campaign where he earned his first All-Star selection.

The Blue Jays solidified their need for an everyday third baseman with their newest addition and also include another threat at the plate making the batting order even more impressive. The Blue Jays have plenty to be excited about as the 2022 season gets closer.

Guerrero Jr. Signs Extension

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to a one-year contract worth $7.9 million USD. The contract extension also helps both sides avoid arbitration and allows the team some time to work on a long-term deal with their All-star infielder.

Guerrero Jr. had a career-best season in 2021, earning his first All-Star selection in the three years he has played MLB. Guerrero Jr. blasted 48 home runs in 2021 and battled for AL MVP status all season long and he will look to pick up where he left off in 2021 when the Blue Jays kick off the 2022 MLB season in April.

Blue Jays Ink Nine More Players Through 2022

The work didn’t stop for the Blue Jays management team as they went on to sign and extend nine more players through 2022. The biggest extension of the remaining nine players went to outfielder Teoscar Hernandez who signed a $10.65 million USD contract.

Cavan Biggio signed a contract worth $2.113 million USD, Catcher Danny Jansen signed a $1.95 million USD contract extension rounding out the infielders and outfielders.

The remaining contracts were signed by pitchers. Left-handed pitcher Ryan Borucki signed an $825,000 contract extension. Right-handed pitcher Adam Cimber signed a contract extension worth $1.575 million USD, left-handed pitcher and Tim Mayza signed for $1.250 million USD.

The remaining one-year contracts went to right-handed pitchers Trent Thornton who signed for $850,000 USD, Ross Stripling signed for $3.790 million USD, and Trevor Richards signed for $1 million USD.

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