Guerrero, Blue Jays reach $14.5M deal to avoid arbitration

TORONTO (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14.5 million contract for next season. Toronto had 12 players eligible for arbitration — only Tampa Bay with 14 had more. The lone member of that Blue Jays group who did not settle Friday was shortstop Bo Bichette. Guerrero, runner-up in 2021 AL MVP voting, earned $7.9 million last season. The two-time All-Star batted .274 with 32 homers, 97 RBIs and an .818 OPS in 160 games. He also was a surprise Gold Glove winner at first base. If the Blue Jays and Bichette don’t strike a deal, they would go to an arbitration hearing sometime between Jan. 30 and Feb. 17.

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