The Blue Jays brought up the idea of a contract extension with Bo Bichette, but no offer has been made

Welcome to the era of pre-arbitration, long-term contracts.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen more and more teams opting to hand out guaranteed dollars to players with short track records in order to save money on free agency years down the road.
The big example this off-season, of course, is Fernando Tatis Jr., who signed a massive 14-year contract with the San Diego Padres worth $340 million. Tatis has only played 143 games at the major-league level but, based on his trajectory as a player and the steady rise of free-agent salaries, the Padres are more than likely going to have a bargain deal in a few years.
The Blue Jays have two young franchise cornerstones, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, who could end up with a mega extension sooner rather than later. Bichette said on Monday that the organization discussed a contract extension with him this off-season, but no actual offer was made.
“I’m happy for Fernando,” Bichette said. “I’ve always admired the way he plays from the minor-leagues until now. He’s an exciting player. I think it’s really powerful that an organization believed in him enough to put the commitment they did. Obviously …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Rogers officially announces Mark Shapiro has signed a five-year contract with the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have finally handed out a long-term contract!

Mark Shapiro will be sticking around as the organization’s President and CEO for five more years, the same term that he originally signed back in 2015.

Rogers announces five-year contract extension for @BlueJays President & CEO @MarkShapiro pic.twitter.com/nqgHhp64lw
— Rogers News (@AboutRogers) January 13, 2021

Back in November, Ken Rosenthal casually mentioned in a news and notes post that the Blue Jays and Shapiro were close on a new deal, so this obviously comes as no surprise. The organization has grinded through the long and painful part of Shapiro’s plan and the team seems poised to move into a period of competitiveness, so moving on now would have been pretty shocking.
Shapiro has done a lot of good for the organization since coming in as the controversial replacement for Paul Beeston, such as modernizing the analytics and high-performance departments and building a state-of-the-art facility in Dunedin for the team to use during spring training and for player development.
Of course, to the casual observer, none of that matters more than winning, so there will inevitably be skeptics of Shapiro’s work until the team actually breaks out and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation