AL East Notes: Guerrero, Sale, Rays

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jayshave not had the conversations but” this winter a few multi-year extension, the slugger tells Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi and different reporters. Guerrero did not sound overly involved concerning the lack of talks, saying “I’m going to remain centered on working exhausting and let my crew handle that.” The thought of ​​a long-term deal between Guerrero and the Jays has been a subject basically since Guerrero arrived within the majors as baseball’s prime prospect, and though the primary baseman is heading into his fifth MLB season, the clock is not but ticking too loudly on Guerrero’s crew management. Toronto nonetheless has arbitration management over Guerrero by way of the 2025 season, and the 2 sides already labored out a contract for Guerrero for 2023, as he’ll earn $14.5MM for the approaching yr.

With Guerrero set to turn into a free agent previous to his age-27 season, this comparatively early entry into the market probably means a very giant payday is awaiting the primary baseman — whether or not from one other crew, or within the type of an extension from the Blue Jays to lock Guerrero up because the face of the franchise. As Davidi notes, the huge longer-term contracts handed out this winter undoubtedly caught the eye of each the Jays and Guerrero’s representatives, and now each side could have a greater view of what it may cost the Blue Jays to retain Guerrero’s companies. Since most extension talks often do not start till deeper into Spring Training, it is going to be attention-grabbing to observe if Guerrero and the Jays have any substantive negotiations, or if any actual progress is made in direction of an extension.

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  • After three injury-riddled seasons, Chris Sale informed reporters (together with The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham) that he’s “very, very excited” about being wholesome and heading for his first regular Spring Training since 2019. Between a Tommy John surgical procedure, a fractured rib, and fractures to his finger and wrist, Sale has pitched solely 48 1/3 Major League innings because the begin of the 2020 season, which was additionally the primary season of a five-year, $145MM contract extension Sale had signed with the Red Sox the yr earlier than Given the dearth of return on this extension, Sale feels “I owe my teammates the beginning pitcher they thought they had been going to get. I owe the entrance workplace the beginning pitcher they paid for. I owe the followers performances they’re paying to come back and see.” Looking for a silver lining to his damage woes, Sale famous “that’s three years of [pitching] that is not on my arm” as he enters his age-34 season. “That’s not occurring the odometer. I’ve saved myself in actually good bodily form. My arm’s feeling good. I haven’t got any hesitation going ahead with pitching.”
  • Seven Rays gamers are slated for arbitration hearings, which is (as per MLB.com) the third-highest variety of hearings for any crew within the historical past of the arb course of. President of baseball operations Erik Neander felt the dearth of settlement in negotiations with the seven previous to the arbitration submitting deadline had been “far more concerning the uniqueness of a number of gamers’ profession paths resulting in a little bit of a tougher expertise for each events to seek out widespread floor,” the chief informed Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. “But I very a lot consider that everybody labored to seek out it — we simply did not fairly get there.” As Topkin notes, the variations between the Rays’ submitted wage figures and the seven gamers’ figures work out to solely $2.85MM in whole. That mentioned, it would not appear probably that any offers will likely be labored out earlier than the edges current their circumstances to an arbitrator, except a participant indicators a multi-year contract. [RELATED: the full list of the 33 players who are heading for arbitration hearings]

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