The surprising 2010 Toronto Blue Jays season has come to a close. Few predicted an 85-77 overall record. The Jays were one of only three teams (Yankees + Rays) to post winning records in all three AL divisions (East, Central, West).
But the season is over. Let’s look ahead to 2011.
2011 Current Payroll: $43.24 million
Upcoming Free Agent Eligible:
Based upon MLBTrade Rumor Elias projections (as of Sept 18th)
Downs (Type A)
Frasor (Type A)
Buck (Type B)
Gregg (Type B) – club option
Molina (none) – club option
Kevin Gregg (2011 at $4.5 or 2011+2012 at $8.75), otherwise $750K buyout
Jose Molina (2011 at $1 million), otherwise $200K buyout
2011 MLB Draft
Jays draft 21st overall
Other Club Notes:
Vernon Wells big $$$ begins in 2011, with $26+ million in salary and bonus due.
Locked up until 2013: Lind, Romero, Hill (assuming Jays pick up club option), Wells, Adeinis Hechavarria
Due to type A status, both Downs and Frasor may become ‘sign & trades’. Teams may be gun shy about giving up 1st round draft picks for set-up level relievers.
The Jays could allow Tallet to walk if they fail to offer arbitration.
The Jays may let Kevin Gregg walk for Type B compensation.
AA and the Jays may ‘buy’ more draft picks this off-season. One season rentals such as Gregg & Buck allowed the Jays to essentially purchase Type B level compensation draft picks.