12/12/08 5:23 PM EST
Four Jays are tendered contracts
Frasor, Tallet, League, Bautista set for arbitration process
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
Any unsigned players not offered a contract before Friday's midnight ET deadline enter the pool of free agents this offseason. Those tendered deals will exchange salary arbitration figures with their respective clubs between Jan. 5-15, unless a deal is signed before that point. If necessary, the two sides will settle on a contract during the arbitration hearings from Feb. 1-21.
Last season, the 31-year-old Frasor earned $1.125 million and posted a 4.18 ERA in 49 games for the Blue Jays, serving as a middle reliever. Across 47 1/3 innings, the right-hander struck out 42 batters and issued 32 walks. Frasor limited hitters to a .208 batting average, including a .174 mark against right-handed batters.
The 31-year-old Tallet, who earned $640,000 in his first year of arbitration in 2008, established a career-best with a 2.88 ERA last season. The left-hander appeared in 51 games and registered 47 strikeouts against 22 walks over 56 1/3 innings. Tallet was especially tough on right-handed hitters, holding them to a .230 average.
League, 25, is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason after making $400,000 in 2008. Last season, the hard-throwing right-hander posted a career-best 2.18 ERA out of the bullpen, with 23 strikeouts and 15 walks in 31 appearances. In his 33 innings, League had a 3.71 groundball-to-flyball ratio and limited right-handed hitters to a .200 average.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.