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Here's how much money every Blue Jays player will make in 2018

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Ian Hunter Mar 27, 2018 3:31 pm 1,794

Major League Baseball is the only professional sports league that doesn’t have a salary cap.

An MLB team could sign a player to a preposterous amount of money – like the Marlins record-breaking $325 million deal for Giancarlo Stanton – and it’s totally within the rules.

However, teams don’t always get what they pay for in professional baseball.

On one hand, an MVP-calibre player might only make the league-minimum salary of $545,000. On the other hand, many teams have players making north of $30 million a season who contribute very little or ride the bench.

The Toronto Blue Jays have a bit of both.

The Jays are on track to carry a total payroll around $155-$160 million in 2018, which would make them a top-10 payroll in baseball. On the underpaid side, you have Marcus Stroman ($6.5 million), Roberto Osuna ($5.3 million), Justin Smoak ($4.125 million), and Aaron Sanchez ($2.7 million).

When it comes to overpaid Blue Jays, look no further than Troy Tulowitzki who will begin the 2018 season on the disabled list. Whether he plays for the Blue Jays or not, Tulo will collect $20 million this season and still has $54 million remaining on his original contract ($58 million including the $4 million buyout).

Aside from Tulowitzki, there aren’t many egregious contracts on the Jays’ current payroll. Russell Martin will earn $20 million this year and next, but he’ll be a free agent come 2020.

Then there are players like Josh Donaldson, who will take home $23 million in 2018 – the most amount of money ever paid to a Blue Jays player in a single season – yet he is worth every single penny.

Depending on which direction the front office wants to take this team, the Blue Jays could see a significant payroll decrease next year. With several pending free agents (Donaldson, Estrada, Happ, Garcia, Pearce, Granderson, Oh), there’s a potential $70 million coming off the books at the end of 2018.

Just in case you were curious how much everybody makes, here’s are the salaries of every Toronto Blue Jays player for 2018.

Player Salary Position Age
Josh Donaldson $23,000,000 3B 32
Russell Martin $20,000,000 C 35
Troy Tulowitzki (injured) $20,000,000 SS 33
Marco Estrada $13,000,000 SP 34
J.A. Happ $13,000,000 SP 35
Kendrys Morales $11,000,000 DH 34
Jaime Garcia $8,000,000 SP 31
Marcus Stroman $6,500,000 SP 26
Steve Pearce $6,250,000 LF/RF 34
Roberto Osuna $5,300,000 RP 23
Curtis Granderson $5,000,000 LF/RF 37
Justin Smoak $4,125,000 1B 31
Yangervis Solarte $4,000,000 3B/SS/2B 30
Kevin Pillar $3,250,000 CF 29
Aaron Sanchez $2,700,000 SP 25
Randal Grichuk $2,600,000 RF 26
Aaron Loup $1,812,500 RP 30
Seung-Hwan Oh $1,750,000 RP 35
John Axford $1,500,000 RP 34
Tyler Clippard $1,500,000 RP 33
Devon Travis $1,450,000 2B 27
Aledmys Diaz $1,000,000 SS/2B 27
Ryan Tepera $574,700 RP 30
Danny Barnes $561,600 RP 28
Luke Maile $558,400 C 27
Gift Ngoepe $545,000 2B/SS 30
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Ian Hunter
Toronto Blue Jays blogger and writer, GIF maker, baseball moustache aficionado, runner, beer admirer, proud dad.
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