Report: Blue Jays are interested in Reddick, Pearce

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According to reports from FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays are interested in pursuing deals with right fielder Josh Reddick and veteran utility player Steve Pearce.

Reddick has already been drawing interest from other teams, including the Orioles, and Morosi notes that any potential deal would have to wait until Jose Bautista officially declines his qualifying offer. Reddick split his time between the Athletics and Dodgers in 2016, batting .281/.345/.405 over 439 plate appearances and tallying 10 home runs and eight stolen bases with the two clubs. If the Blue Jays manage to reach an agreement with the 30-year-old, he could help bolster the outfield corners alongside newly-signed Lourdes Gurriel.

Pearce could be considered as a right-handed platoon option with first baseman Justin Smoak, per Rosenthal’s report, though the 33-year-old also has experience at second base, DH, and left/right field after his 85-game campaign with the Rays and Orioles in 2016. While he mustered a decent offensive output, batting .288/.374/.492 with 13 homers in 302 PA, his success was stymied when he underwent forearm surgery in mid-September. He’s expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 2017 season, though any expectations the Blue Jays might have will have to be moderated until then.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.