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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

Ryan Goins out, Aledmys Diaz in as Blue Jays fortify middle infield

  Ryan Goins out, Aledmys Diaz in as Blue Jays fortify middle infield The Toronto Blue Jays parted ways with infielder Ryan Goins and replaced him with Aledmys Diaz, an all-star shortstop in 2016 acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for outfield prospect J.B. Woodman. Along with Goins, the club also sent right-hander Tom Koehler to the open market. Both players weren’t extended 2018 offers by the Blue Jays ahead of Friday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

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.

Best infield glove in all of baseball. Going to miss you my guy! #runsaver @rgoins17 pic.twitter.com/UuqZ5qrt8L. Jays Journal 8 monthsBlue Jays non - tender Ryan Goins and Tom Koehler .

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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.

Could Friday’s non-tender deadline spark activity for Blue Jays?

  Could Friday’s non-tender deadline spark activity for Blue Jays? The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to non-tender at least one player Friday, and the potential for more movement exists ahead of the deadline. Many of the Blue Jays’ 11 arbitration-eligible players appear to be locks for tenders, Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman, Kevin Pillar, Aaron Sanchez, Devon Travis and Roberto Osuna among them. While Ezequiel Carrera and Dominic Leone entered the season in marginal roles, both excelled in 2017 and will be worth tendering again especially given that MLB Trade Rumors projects they’ll each earn less than $2 million in 2018.

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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MLB free agent Jose Bautista got hitched over the weekend, and invited several of his past teammates to take in the celebration. Marcus Stroman was most definitely there, and he even managed to snag a group photo with former Toronto Blue Jays infielder Danny Valencia, along with the team’s current second baseman, Devon Travis.© image image https://www.instagram.com/p/BbuH2TGBPOq/?hl=en&taken-by=sportsnethttps://www.instagram.

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