The Toronto Blue Jays have taken care of in house contracts by exercising options on Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and RA Dickey while declining the option on Maicer Izturis.
Bautista is set to earn 14 million dollars this season before becoming a free agent, while Encarnacion clocks in at 10 million. Dickey meanwhile will bring in 12 million in the final year of his contract.
The combined 24 million for Bautista and Encarnacion is seen as a steal for the Blue Jays who can count on 40 homers a piece from their dynamic duo, while Dickey will give the team 200 innings and inconsistent outings due to the capricious nature of the knuckleball the 2012 Cy Young Award Winner is famous for.
Last season Bautista and Encarnacion combined to hit 79 dingers and 225 runs batted in the vaunted Blue Jays offense. After this season, decisions will have to be made by new team President Mark Shapiro on which of the two players he wants to keep in Toronto past the 2016 season.
For Izturis, his tenure as a Blue Jay was nowhere near as memorable. He missed most of his contract due to injury and will receive one million dollars as a part of his buyout. He will be remembered as the first Blue Jay to hit a home run after the Jays swung the Marlins and Mets megadeals to acquire Dickey and a whole host of others in the first place.