Ross Atkins hosted his end-of-season media availability on Wednesday, so the off-season has officially started.
Atkins talked about a variety of different topics, including the team’s payroll situation moving forward, a desire to bring back all three of the major impending free agents, where the team can improve heading into next season, extensions for the young core, and the status of both Bo Bichette and Nate Pearson moving forward.
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On payroll, re-signing free agents, and contract extensions…
Atkins didn’t go into much depth when it came to the team’s financial situation this off-season, but he did offer a comment saying “we’re in a really good position” in regards to both payroll flexibility and the ability to offer prospects to acquire talent via trade.
As of right now, the Blue Jays only have four players committed to their payroll for the 2022 season — George Springer, Hyun Jin Ryu, Randal Grichuk, and Lourdes Gurriel — who combine to cost about $58,000,000. There are also a handful of players — Vladimir Guererro Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez, most notably — who are eligible for arbitration, so that figure will obviously rise once new their deals are sorted out.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation