MLB Trade Rumours released their annual projections for salary arbitration on Wednesday so we can start to get a better idea of what the Blue Jays’ payroll will look like heading into 2020.
Ken Giles – $8.4MM
Ken Giles’ dominant season has him projected to earn $8.4 million in arbitration. The Blue Jays will obviously tender Giles, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be back with the team next season. Giles is set to become a free agent for the first time his career next winter and it’s no secret that the team tried to trade him prior to the trade deadline.
Maybe we see Giles dealt in the off-season for a team that needs an elite bullpen arm or maybe the Jays to wait and try and find a better deal at the 2020 trade deadline. The latter could put them in a difficult situation in terms of optics. If the team hits the ground running with Bo, Vlad, Biggio, Gurriel, and other youngsters playing well, they might not be terrible. It isn’t a good look to the players on the team or the fans buying tickets to deal Giles as the team is starting to win games.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation