Blue Jays likely done with big acquisitions
Club made moves early this offseason to add pitching
TORONTO -- Tony LaCava has made a couple of additions to the Blue Jays' pitching staff this offseason, but the club's interim general manager might have to get creative if he wants to make another major move.
Toronto has approximately $135 million tentatively committed to its 25-man roster for next season. The Blue Jays do not release their payroll parameters to the public, but it's expected to be in a similar range compared to 2015.
The Blue Jays began last season with a payroll of approximately $125 million, but that number was raised close to $140 million after midseason trades for David Price, Ben Revere, Mark Lowe and Troy Tulowitzki.
If Toronto has similar funds to work with next year, there isn't a lot of additional room to make a major move. The Blue Jays could create some payroll flexibility by either trading or non-tendering Revere and his projected $6.9 million salary, while another option would be back loading a contract to a free agent.
With the Winter Meetings coming soon (Dec. 7-10), the club is still in the market for a utility infielder, at least one quality reliever, a starter and then additional depth options to stash in the upper levels of the Minor Leagues.
"We're going to continue to look, but we feel like we're off to a good start with bringing back Marco [Estrada], J.A. [Happ] is a really significant signing for us, and then being able to get Jesse [Chavez] as well," LaCava told reporters during a conference call on Saturday afternoon.
"There was a bit of an urgency to do it. We identified the guys we felt fit what we were looking to do, and fortunately we were able to get some things done."
Here's a closer look at the Blue Jays' salary commitments for the 2016 season and beyond:
The guaranteed contracts:
SS Tulowitzki ($20 million)
C Russell Martin ($15 million)
RF Jose Bautista ($14 million)
RHP R.A. Dickey ($12 million)
RHP Marco Estrada ($11.5 million)
DH Edwin Encarnacion ($10 million)
LHP Happ ($10 million)
Total -- $92.5 million
Arbitration-eligible (salaries projected by MLBTradeRumors):
3B Josh Donaldson ($12 million)
LF Revere ($6.7 million)
LHP Brett Cecil ($3.4 million)
OF Michael Saunders ($2.9 million)
RHP Drew Hutchison ($2.6 million)
1B Justin Smoak ($2 million)
C Josh Thole ($1.8 million)
LHP Aaron Loup ($900,000)
RHP Steve Delabar ($700,000)
RHP Chavez ($4.7 million)
Total -- $37.7 million
Guaranteed commitments beyond 2016:
Tulowitzki ($78 million from 2017-21)
Martin ($60 million from 2017-19)
Estrada ($14.5 million in 2017)
Happ ($26 million from 2017-18)
RHP Chad Jenkins
RHP Roberto Osuna
RHP Aaron Sanchez
RHP Bo Schultz
RHP Marcus Stroman
RHP Ryan Tepera
1B/DH Chris Colabello
IF Ryan Goins
2B Devon Travis
OF Dalton Pompey
OF Ezequiel Carrera
Total -- Approximately $5 million
Estimated payroll for 2016: $135.2 million