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Blue Jays give Janssen 2-year extension

Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:02 pm
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By Matt Snyder

The Blue Jays have granted relief pitcher Casey Janssen a two-year contract extension worth $5.9 million, the club announced Monday evening. Janssen was set to head to arbitration, so this contract helps avoid that inconvenience. The bigger news, though, is that while Janssen wasn't a free agent, he was set to be one after this season. Now he won't head to free agency until after the 2013 season, though there's also a $4 million option for the 2014 season.

Janssen, 30, was 6-0 with a 2.26 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings last season. He's spent his entire career with the Blue Jays after being drafted and signed in 2004. In five big-league seasons, Janssen has a 3.81 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.

The Blue Jays added closer Sergio Santos, setup man Francisco Cordero and left-handed specialist Darren Oliver this offseason, so the Janssen extension is just another example of how Toronto general manager Alex Anthopolous has focused on the bullpen. In 2011, the 81-81 Blue Jays blew 25 saves -- tied for the most in the AL -- so getting that issue fixed was obviously of utmost importance.

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Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:59 pm
 

Blue Jays give Janssen 2-year extension

Let's just hope that Snyder tears it up the first 3 months of the year so that they can finally unload him for a starter if they are in the race mid season.  Greinke should be available again with the Brewers regressing considerably this year.  With Bautista and Rasmus entrenched as mainstays for the next few years, they have to get some production from Thames or Snyder so that they can showcase them for a potential Ace mid season. 

Snyder and one of their pitching 'prospects' for Greinke sounds good in July.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Blue Jays give Janssen 2-year extension

Main focus should have been lining up a quaility third starter behing Romero and Morrow. Alvarez will more than likely be the third, but should have gone after decent veteran pitcher, even if to be a SOLID fourth. But with the likes of Cole Hamels and James Shields coming up for FA next year, I feel the shift in power will happen sooner than most think. As much as Jays fans would want another bat, they don't necesarilly need it. With the young bats of Arencibia, Lawrie, Escobar, Rasmus, Lind and then throw in Bautista. They have a pleathoura of talent in the OF that they will need to figure out who plays in left. I like thusfar how the team looks for the upcoming season, but once again I am seeing either a .500 club or 5 games over...but still not in. Need that extra playoff berth to hurry up and get here.



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Blue Jays give Janssen 2-year extension

They also need a starter and a middle of the rotation bat, so....an 81 win team hasn't really been improved at all yet...
So, they should address this problem from the free agent market. I am much more in favor of allowing their young prospects play regularly. I was very pleased when the Jays didn't sign the likes of Prince Fielder.



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:32 pm
 

Blue Jays give Janssen 2-year extension

They also need a starter and a middle of the rotation bat, so....an 81 win team hasn't really been improved at all yet...




Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:33 pm
 

Blue Jays give Janssen 2-year extension

Def need that bat, but "a" starter? They need three starters, and arguably four. Having a great bullpen is kind of like fixing a flat tire when the engine doesn't work. A little focus on the rotation by AA would have been nice, but that costs money. It's cheaper to "fix" the bullpen.



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:24 pm
 

Blue Jays give Janssen 2-year extension

The Jays need to look at building a team with depth; and signing Janssen to a short term contract in reality, is not adding much to the ballclub. They need to offload some fringe/ minor league prospect players in order to use tge cash to help build the rotation, bullpen and outfield players. the Jays seem to be like the Angels of the last 2 or 3 years without the investment going in to the team building that is needed for them to challenge the AL East giants Red Sox, Yankees and to a lesser extent Rays



Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Blue Jays give Janssen 2-year extension

They also need a starter and a middle of the rotation bat, so....an 81 win team hasn't really been improved at all yet...


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