The Blue Jays settled with all of their remaining arbitration-eligible players before Friday's deadline, signing pitcher J.A. Happ and utility infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to one-year contracts, and R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, Josh Thole, to a three-year deal.
The Jays have not taken a player to arbitration since 1997.
Happ, a 6-foot-6 left-hander acquired midway through last season from the Houston Astros, agreed to a $3.7-million deal; while Bonifacio, who was part of the 12-player blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins in November, signed for $2.6 million.
Thole, who was included with Dickey in December's trade with the New York Mets, agreed to a $2.5-million contract through 2014, with a $1.75-million club option for 2015.
Happ, 30, made 10 appearances for Toronto last season, including six starts, posting a 4.69 earned-run average with 46 strikeouts in 40.1 innings. In six big-league seasons spent mostly as a starting pitcher, Happ is 35-35, with a 4.19 ERA, 1.388 WHIP and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
Blue Jays avoid arbitration with J.A. Happ, Emilio Bonifacio and Josh Thole
Toronto Star | Jan 19