According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1625 million deal. It’s a significant salary increase for Carrera, who earned $521,800 in 2016. Ezequiel looks to be an important part of the Blue Jay’s outfield next season, even with Toronto still looking to add another impact player into the mix.
2016 was Ezequiel Carrera’s most productive season, as he slashed .248/.323/.679 across 110 games. The Venezuelan native would smack six home runs, total seven steals, and collect twenty-three RBIs. This performance helped Carrera accumulate a 0.7 WAR, which marked the highest total of his major league career.
A majority of his newfound value was thanks to a huge bounce back year defensively. Carrera was able to clean up his struggles in the field, and register seven defensive runs saved. It was a significant improvement for the outfielder, after he produced a DRS of negative ten in 2015.
At the moment, Ezequiel Carrera is slotted to get a solid portion of playing time in an outfield that includes Kevin Pillar, Melvin Upton Jr., Steve Pearce, and Dalton Pompey. If an acquisition is made though, it’s believed Carrera and Upton Jr. will form some type of platoon in left or right field, despite their splits not exactly complementing each other.
Since utility infielder Darwin Barney and Ezequiel Carrera have now both avoided arbitration, pitchers Marcus Stroman and Aaron Loup are the only cases yet to be solved for the Blue Jays.
Today marks the deadline for both teams and players to submit their filing numbers for the upcoming season, but it doesn’t mean the end of negotiations. Until the official arbitration hearings take place, a deal can still be worked on by both sides. Avoiding heading to court over these issues is usually preferred, because it avoids any issues being formed between the athlete and the club they play for.
Attempting to put a price tag on a player’s value is always a sensitive subject, because every athlete wants to make a large amount of money and feel like they’re being properly compensated for all their hard work. Unfortunately, sides can’t always compromise, but it’s a part of the business.
Coming to an agreement with role players isn’t too stressful because their track record and ceiling don’t scream big numbers. It’s a totally different story when an organization is forced to go to work with a budding star and a reliever who has a rather successful history.null