Blue Jays non-tender Travis Shaw and A.J. Cole; Kyle Schwarber, Archie Bradley, and David Dahl among other notable names who got cut

The deadline for teams to non-tender arbitration-eligible players was on Wednesday, so we have a whole bunch of new names on the free-agent market.

The Blue Jays non-tendered two players, Travis Shaw and A.J. Cole. That leaves Teoscar Hernandez and Ross Stripling as the only arbitration-eligible Blue Jays.
Shaw getting cut was really no surprise at all. He was brought in on a one-year deal to be a veteran stop-gap at third. The hope was that Shaw could rebound from a putrid season at the plate and become the hitter he was in 2017 and 2018. That didn’t happen. Shaw slashed a .239/.306/.411 line with OK defence. This is a position the Blue Jays are surely looking to upgrade this off-season.
A.J. Cole seems a bit more surprising on the surface but it really isn’t. Cole was solid for the Blue Jays in 2020. He tossed 23 1/3 innings for the team and had a nice 3.09 ERA, though his peripheral numbers (3.5 walks per nine and 7.7 strikeouts per nine) weren’t good. There will be plenty of better relievers who fall through the cracks this winter so there’s no sense in committing to Cole at this stage.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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