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Jays Extend Scott Downs Through 2009

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The Jays finished a little housekeeping on Thursday, signing Gustavo Chacin, Marco Scutaro and the rest of their bullpen. Scott Downs was also given a three-year extension, leaving Alex Rios as the only player left to sign.

Name 2006 Salary 2007 Salary 2008 Salary 2009 Salary
Gustavo Chacin 395,000 725,000
Jason Frasor 825,000 1,125,000
Brian Tallet 327,000 640,000
Marco Scutaro 1,550,000 1,550,000 1,100,000
Scott Downs 1,025,000 2,000,000 3,750,000 4,000,000

Nice deal to lock up Downs- he would be a free agent after this season and the market for relief pitching is going bezerk (consider that J.C. Romero just signed three years at four million. Scott Schoeneweis signed for 3/11). Downs lead the league in appearances last season, and has quietly become one of the best left-handed relievers in the league over the last two years, posting an E.R.A. of 2.77 and 2.17 (as a reliever).

Somehow, Scutaro was willing to take a pay cut to get a 2-year deal. His contract includes $425,000 in incentives if he ever makes it to 400 at bats, and he won’t get close unless something goes horribly, horribly wrong. Everyone else just got the standard inflation/service time raise that they would if it went to arbitration. Don’t bother trying to understand why Gus gets a raise. That’s just how it works.

Written by halejon

January 18, 2008 at 5:55 am

Posted in Seriousness

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