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Sports Blue Jays non-tender infielder Ryan Goins, pitcher Tom Koehler

04:50  02 december  2017
04:50  02 december  2017 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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The Toronto Blue Jays have non - tendered utility man Ryan Goins and pitcher Tom Koehler ahead of Friday's deadline, making them free agents. Best infield glove in all of baseball.

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TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays sent infielder Ryan Goins and right-hander Tom Koehler to the open market after declining to extend them 2018 offers ahead of Friday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman, Roberto Osuna, Aaron Sanchez, Kevin Pillar, Aaron Loup, Devon Travis, Ezequiel Carrera and Dominic Leone were all tendered contracts and will either have to agree to terms or settle matters in a hearing room.

Parting ways with Koehler, projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $6 million in arbitration, was no surprise. The split with Goins was somewhat eyebrow-raising, given the Blue Jays have so much uncertainty up the middle with Troy Tulowitzki and Travis recovering from injuries.

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The Blue Jays declined to tender contracts to infielder Ryan Goins and right-handed pitcher Tom Koehler on Friday, making them free agents. Toronto also acquired shortstop Aledmis Diaz from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor-league outfielder J.B. Woodman.

# BlueJays essentially replace Ryan Goins with Aledmys Diaz today. Goins can field well, filled in all over. Diaz had a rough 2017, but still has OPS+ of 111 compared to Goins ' 64. Sportsnet Staff. Blue Jays non - tender infielder Ryan Goins , pitcher Tom Koehler .

That general manager Ross Atkins was willing to part with such an insurance policy suggests he feels confident about landing an alternative who provides an upgrade.

During the GM meetings last month, Atkins described adding a middle infielder capable of contributing offensively as the Blue Jays’ top priority this winter.

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