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The Toronto Blue Jays have locked up one other one in every of their younger stars for the long run after agreeing to a three-year $33.6 million contract with shortstop Bo Bichette to keep away from arbitration Tuesday.
The contract might be value as a lot as a lot as $40.65 million if Bichette earns sure awards or escalators, in keeping with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Bichette, 24, was imagined to have an arbitration trial later this week, however now he will not change into a free agent till the tip of the 2025 season.
Forward of the scheduled trial date, Bichette had filed for his wage to be $7.5 million whereas the Blue Jays discipline at $5 million. Whereas the 2 sides weren’t in a position to initially come to an agreement earlier than the arbitration deadline, they discovered a technique to make it work.
An All-Star in 2021, Bichette has led the American League in hits in every of the final two seasons ending with 191 and 189, respectively. He is additionally completed high 12 in MVP voting in each of these years.
He batted .290 final season to go together with 24 residence runs, whereas being one of many key items to an excellent Blue Jays staff that appears to solely be on the rise.
In his 4 seasons within the massive leagues, he is hit 69 homers and 239 RBIs, turning into one of many elite offensive shortstops within the recreation.
“He is at all times been the man that sort of [lets] his play do the speaking,” Blue Jays supervisor John Schneider stated final season. “However now he is actually coming into his personal, main not simply by instance.”