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Report: Blue Jays, Randal Grichuk agree on five-year, $52 million contract extension

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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.

The Buffalo Blue Jays? The team has reportedly asked about playing there

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The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.

The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:

Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.

This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.

As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.