Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays and outfielder Randal Grichuk have agreed on a five-year, $52 million contract extension. Grichuk was earning $5 million this year, but the extension will bump his salary up to $7 million for this season and will also pay him a $5 million signing bonus.
Grichuk, 27, would have been eligible for arbitration in his third and final year after the 2019 season, so the extension effectively buys three years of free agency as well.
Last season, Grichuk was quite productive, batting .245/.301/.502 with 25 home runs, 61 RBI, and 60 runs scored in 462 plate appearances. He missed roughly a month of action due to a knee injury. He figures to be a part of the rebuilding Jays’ core for the foreseeable future.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.