Looks like I’ll be sticking around a little while longer! #pujolstype
— Casey Janssen (@CaseyJanssen) February 13, 2012
Toronto Blue Jays’ reliever Casey Janssen may have been kind enough to break the news about some sort of agreement between himself and his club for at least the coming season, he completely forgot to give us the terms of the contract. In the words of Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!”
We’ll update you here as soon as the numbers become available, but it’s worth noting that Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has spoken in the past about a team policy limiting negotiations to multiple year contracts after salary arbitration figures have been swapped. For Janssen and the Blue Jays, those figures resulted in a $400,000 difference between what the player wanted ($2.2 million) and what the team offered ($1.8 million).
Update: Rogers Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the deal is for two years plus an option. No financial terms are available yet.
Update The Second: It’s a two year deal worth $5.9 million with a club option for 2014 that would pay Janssen $4 million. There is no buyout.
Considering that Janssen’s last year of arbitration would’ve landed him $2.2 million as a maximum, $3.7 million for his first year of free agency seems a little bit hefty, but not in a way that would ever hand cuff the Blue Jays from making further moves.
Last season, Janssen enjoyed his best as a full time reliever, striking out a career high 23.8% of the batters that he faced, while maintaining a 6.3% walk rate. Despite a reputation for not having swing and miss stuff, Janssen was able to put up a close to league average whiff rate by mixing up his four seamer, two seamer and cutter all at similar velocities with a slider, curve ball and sometimes a change up. However, a career low BABIP matched with a career high strand rate does give reason to question whether his career lows in ERA and WHIP are sustainable.