Two years ago, the Toronto Blue Jays were one of the stingiest teams in free agency, spending a mere $14 million on free agent players. This past offseason, the purse strings blew wide open, as they spent a staggering $186 million in free agency.
It’s a stark contrast compared to a few years ago when the Blue Jays tried to save every penny as a rebuilding franchise. This winter saw them double down on their efforts to become a contender once again.
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Over the last few seasons, Toronto carried very few (if any) high-priced players on their roster, while this year is a mix of established top-dollar free agents among young pre-arbitration players.
If the Blue Jays are going to have any hope of returning to the postseason, they need big contributions from their big ticket players like George Springer and Marcus Semien, and their young franchise pillars like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.
Before they’ve thrown a regular season pitch, the Blue Jays have already thrown $8.675 million out the window after Kirby Yates suffered a season-ending injury and the club released Shun Yamaguchi from the second year of his two-year deal.
Here’s a full breakdown of how much every Blue Jays player will make this season.
|George Springer (injured)||$23.666 M||CF||31|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||$20 M||SP||34|
|Marcus Semien||$18 M||2B||30|
|Tanner Roark||$12 M||SP||34|
|Randal Grichuk||$10.3 M||CF/RF||29|
|Robbie Ray (injured)||$8 M||SP||39|
|Kirby Yates (injured)||$5.5 M||RP||34|
|Steven Matz||$5.2 M||SP||30|
|Teoscar Hernandez||$4.325 M||RF/DH||28|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr.||$3.928 M||LF||27|
|Tyler Chatwood||$3 M||RP||31|
|Ross Stripling||$3 M||SP/RP||31|
|David Phelps||$1.75 M||RP||34|
|Rafael Dolis||$1.75 M||RP||33|
|Joe Panik||$1.85 M||2B/SS/3B||30|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||$575,000||1B/3B/DH||22|
|Nate Pearson (injured)||$575,000||SP||24|
|Thomas Hatch (injured)||$575,000||SP/RP||26|