9:50 a.m.: The contract will pay Shoemaker $ 3.5MM, tweet Shi Davidi from Sportsnet.
9:25 am: The Shoemaker guarantee falls in the range of $ 3MM to $ 3.5MM, tweet Jon Morosi from MLB.com.
8:51 a.m.: The Blue Jays agree on one year, the Premier League contract with a free agent is correct Matt Shoemaker, reports Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports (via Twitter) Toronto has an open space in the list of 40 players, so the appropriate step of the list is not necessary. Shoemaker is represented by ISE Baseball.
Shoemaker, 32, was a late addition to the free agent market on November 30 after the Angels decided not to bid who was really injured rather than paying a projected salary of $ 4.3 MM in arbitration. Therefore, he entered the open market with four years, 166 days of Premier League service, which means he can be controlled through the 2020 season, through arbitration, if he can rebuild himself in Toronto.
A series of forearm strains made the 2017-18 Shoemaker torpedo, limiting him to only 108 2/3 innings over a span of two years. He was not very effective at that time, well, throwing a combined 4.64 ERA (4.62 FIP) with 8.4 K / 9, 3.1 BB / 9 and a bad 1.5 HR / 9 mark.
That said, there are also reasons to be optimistic about Shoemaker. Even though 4.94 ERA in 31 innings last season won't impress anyone, he made an average of 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings in that short span and recorded the best 13.6 percent swing rate in a career, too. There may be some small sample noise played there, but Shoemaker's splitter is a pitch that proves to be more effective in its limited time being bumped in its final season with The Halo.
It's also noteworthy, of course, that Shoemaker was a solid mid-rotation starter for Angels from 2013-16, working for a combined 3.75 ERA (3.76 FIP) with an average of eight strikeouts, 1.9 runs and 1 , 2 home runs per nine rounds pitched.
The shoemaker figure to be included in the rotation is also included Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Ryan Borucki, with the right hander Sean Reid-Foley and left-handed Thomas Pannone competing for fifth place in new captain Charlie Montoyo starting five.