Stro­man, Sanchez, Pil­lar sign

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

The Toronto Blue Jays have avoided ar­bi­tra­tion and signed eight play­ers, in­clud­ing main­stays Mar­cus Stro­man, Aaron Sanchez and Kevin Pil­lar, to one-year deals, the club an­nounced Fri­day.

Stro­man will make US$7.4 mil­lion in 2019 after post­ing a 4-9 record and a 5.54 earned-run av­er­age in 19 starts last sea­son. The 27year-old has gone to ar­bi­tra­tion the past two off-sea­sons.

In 2018, he re­ceived a bump from $3.4 mil­lion to $6.5 mil­lion, which was be­low his $6.9-mil­lion re­quest. A year ear­lier, he beat the Blue Jays in ar­bi­tra­tion and re­ceived a raise from $515,900.

Sanchez agreed to terms on a $3.9-mil­lion deal after an in­jury-plagued cam­paign that saw him go 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA in 20 starts.

The Jays also signed out­field­ers Kevin Pil­lar ($5.8 mil­lion) and Ran­dal Grichuk ($5 mil­lion). Pil­lar hit .252 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs in his sixth sea­son with the club. Grichuk bat­ted .245 with 25 homers and 61 RBIs.

The team also an­nounced one-year deals with right-handed re­liev­ers Joe Bi­agini ($900,000) and Ken Giles ($6.3 mil­lion), as well as in­field­ers Devon Travis ($1.925 mil­lion) and Bran­don Drury ($1.3 mil­lion).

Giles, who was ac­quired through an in-sea­son trade with the Hous­ton Astros for fel­low closer Roberto Osuna, fin­ished with 26 saves and a 3.08 ERA.

Right-handed re­liever Ryan Tepera is Toronto’s lone un­signed ar­bi­tra­tionel­i­gi­ble player.

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