Report: Blue Jays agree to one-year deal with left-hander Aaron Loup

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The Toronto Blue Jays and left-handed pitcher Aaron Loup have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1,812,500 contract, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The report comes shortly after Nightengale reported the team had also agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera.

Loup, 30, appeared in 70 games out of the bullpen for Toronto last season — his sixth year with the club. He had a 3.75 earned-run average and 64 strikeouts.

The Blue Jays are still negotiating with seven arbitration-eligible players, including Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman and Roberto Osuna. Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith breaks down where those negotiations stand in this arbitration primer.