Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the only Blue Jay heading to arbitration

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Ryley Delaney
3 months ago
For the second straight off-season, the Blue Jays and one of their stars couldn’t agree on numbers before the arbitration deadline.
Last off-season, it was Bo Bichette and the Jays that couldn’t agree to a deal before the arbitration deadline, before they agreed to buy out his remaining arbitration years with a three-year, $33.6 million deal.
This season, Toronto and Vladimir Guerrero Jr were not able to agree on numbers, as the team wanted to pay him $18.05 million, while Guerrero Jr. wants $19.9 million.
Last season was Guerrero Jr.’s worst in a while, as the 24-year-old first baseman slashed .264/.345/.444 with 26 homers in 682 plate appearances for a 118 wRC+ and a 1 fWAR. This was after a great season in 2022 and an MVP-like season in 2021.
In 2022, Guerrero Jr. slashed .274/.339/.480 with 32 homers in 706 plate appearances for a 133 wRC+ and a 2.8 fWAR. The 2021 season was the only season where he has lived up to his “generational” label so far, as he slashed .311/401/.601 with 48 homers in 698 plate appearances for a 166 wRC+ and a 6.3 fWAR. He also finished second in American League MVP voting after that fantastic 2021 season.
Just because the two parties were unable to find a number prior to the deadline, doesn’t mean they have to go to arbitration. The Blue Jays are a “file and trial” team, meaning that if an agreement is not met, it will go to arbitration unless the parties decide to sign a multi-year deal, as was the case with Bichette last off-season.
We’ll see what happens.

Blue Jays sign everyone else:

Toronto had 12 players eligible for arbitration, with the other 11 players signing before the deadline.
The highest contract signed was reliever Jordan Romano’s $7.75 million. Notably, Dualton Varsho signed for $5.65 million and Danny Jansen signed for $5.2 million. The rest of the arbitration figures can be found below.
Hopefully with most contracts figured out heading into the 2024 season, the Jays can be active and fill the multiple holes on the roster, such as third base and outfield.

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