Grichuk signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Blue Jays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Grichuk got off to a slow start in 2018 before losing the month of May to a knee injury, and posted a .271/.319/.553 slash line after he returned. The 27-year-old will enter 2019 in a starting role in right field for Toronto.
Grichuk is not starting Friday against the Rays. Grichuk has hit just .172 over his last eight games, though he does have two homers. He'll sit for the second time in three games Friday, with Dwight Smith entering the lineup in left field, pushing Billy McKinney over to right.
Grichuk went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Astros. Grichuk put the Blue Jays up 2-0 in the first inning with his two-run shot off Chris Devenski. The homer was his sixth of the month and 25th of the season, marking a new career high. The outfielder is hitting .242/.296/.496 with 57 RBI and 60 runs scored through 121 games.
Grichuk is not starting Tuesday against the Astros. Grichuk has hit just .154 over his last seven games. Billy McKinney will slide over to right field in his absence as Dwight Smith starts in left.
Grichuk is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles. Grichuk sits after making six straight starts. Teoscar Hernandez will get the start in right field.