The Blue Jays announced on Sunday that both Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien have received qualifying offers. They can accept and return to Toronto on one-year deals worth $18.,400,000 or they can decline and hit the open market as free agents. Hmmmmm. I wonder what’ll happen here.
Robbie Ray had an excellent season, posting a 2.84 ERA and a FIP of 3.69 (xFIP of 3.36, due to his high HR/FB%). He finished with a K/9 of 11.54 and a BB/9 of 2.47. He’ll likely win the Cy Young. This came as no shock.
Assuming the CBA stays the same, if Ray signs elsewhere, the Jays would be entitled to a compensation pick.
Marcus Semien, another player coming off an excellent season, also received a qualifying offer. This comes as even less of a shock as he had one of the best seasons for a middle infielder. The likely Gold Glove winner and MVP vote-getter posted a slashline of .265/.334/.873 with 45 home runs, the most ever for a second baseman.
If both sign elsewhere, the Blue jays will receive two compensatory draft picks.
Another note… Steven Matz did not receive a qualifying offer, so he’ll be able to move into free agency without being weighed down by having draft pick compensation attached to him. The Blue Jays apparently made him a multi-year contact offer but he declined and will test free agency.
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