Monday, December 2nd is the deadline for MLB teams to tender 2020 contracts to players under team control. After trimming non-tender candidates Devon Travis, Ryan Tepera and Tim Mayza over the last month, the Blue Jays have six remaining arbitration-eligible players. Ken Giles is the only lock to be tendered a contract, so we’ll look at the cases of the other five leading into the deadline starting alphabetically with Anthony Bass.
Background: Claimed off waivers from Seattle, debuted in 2011; career 4.38 ERA in 347.1 innings with a 16.6% strikeout rate, 8.6% walk rate and (4.38 ERA in 249 innings as a reliever); just turned 32.
2019 production: 3.56 ERA and 3.90 FIP in 48 innings with Seattle, 0.6 fWAR / 1.0 bWAR.
Status: 5.010 years of service, $950,000 platform year salary, out of options (and service time to block optional assignment in any event)
MLBTR 2018 Salary Projection: $1.7-million
Estimated likelihood of tender: 75%
After an almost decade run as a MLB journeyman, Bass experienced a career rejuvenation in the last four months of 2019. Now the Jays have to decide whether they’ve hooked a trophy catch or just more flotsam.
Bass took the league by storm in 2011…