Transactions! Blue Jays non-tender three, sign some minor-league deals, and Aaron Sanchez and Kevin Pillar get cut loose

The deadline to non-tender players ahead of arbitration was last night, and the Blue Jays made it through without doing anything controversial. Ken Giles, Matt Shoemaker, Brandon Drury, and Anthony Bass were tendered contracts for 2020, while Luke Maile, Derek Law, and Jason Adam were cut loose to free agency.

What does it all mean?
The three names that were non-tendered are gone, for now, clearing three more spots on the 40-man roster. They can still come back, most likely on minor-league deals. If the Jays wanted to just dump these players, they would have been designated for assignment prior to the Rule 5 draft to make room on the roster for prospects. Instead, they were kept this long, allowing them to not have to go through waivers and become free agents. That makes it fairly easy for the Jays to bring any of them back on a minor-league deal.
Giles, Shoemaker, and Drury will be eligible to head to arbitration in order to determine their salary for 2020. Bass, who was claimed off waivers a few weeks ago, quickly reached a deal worth $1.5 million ahead of arbitration. Ken Giles is projected to make $8.4 million, Shoemaker $3.8 million, and Drury $2.5 million, per MLB Trade …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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