The Toronto Blue Jays and first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. signed a one-year, $14.5 million contract Friday to avoid salary arbitration, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Guerrero Jr. last season it was .274 with 32 homers, 97 RBI and .339 base percentage.
The 23-year-old, who finished second in the voting for the 2021 Season MVP, earned his first Gold Glove last year.
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According to various media reports, the Blue Jays have also signed one-year contracts with pitchers Jordan Romano, Tim Mayza and Trevor Richards, receiver Danny Jansen, outfielder Daulton Varsho and infielder Cavan Biggio.
Romano, 29, will receive just over $4.5 million. He will be eligible for arbitration for another two years before becoming a free agent in 2026.
The Blue Jays’ #1 saver was 5-4 last season with a 2.11 ERA, 36 saves and 64 innings in 73 hits.
Jansen’s contract is worth $3.5 million. The 27-year-old catcher averaged 15 home runs with 44 RBIs and .260 last year.
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Varsho, which was purchased in return for a purchase, will pocket $3.05 million.
In addition to being excellent on the outside, he hit 27 homers in 2022. He can also play as a catcher.
Biggio’s contract is worth $2.8 million. He reached .202 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 97 games last season.
Bieber to pocket $10 million next year
Shane Bieber has agreed to a $10.01 million contract with the Cleveland Guardians for 2023, avoiding arbitration.
Bieber pocketed $6 million last year, leading Cleveland 13-8 with 200 innings and 198 wins.
The 27-year-old right-back was one of America’s stars in 2019 and 2021.
The Guardians also featured shortstop Amed Rosario ($7.8M), pitchers Cal Quantrill ($5.55M), Zach Plesac ($2.95M) and Aaron Civale ($2.6M) and first baseman Josh Naylor ($2.6M). 3.35 Million Dollars).
Rosario led the American with nine threes last year. Reached .283 for 11 home runs and 71 RBIs.
Quantrill shone with a 15-5 record and 3.38 GAA, including a 9-0 home record.