TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays declined to tender 2021 contracts to infielder Travis Shaw and reliever A.J. Cole ahead of Wednesday night’s deadline, sending both players into a suddenly crowded free-agent market.
Cutting ties with Shaw, who was projected to earn between $4.5-$5 million in arbitration, wasn’t unexpected as the Blue Jays are seeking an infield upgrade. But parting ways with Cole, who logged 23.1 innings over 24 contests, was a bit more surprising given he was only projected to cost about $1 million.
The moves clear two spots off the club’s 40-man roster, creating flexibility to explore a market flush with new players like Shaw and Cole cut loose by their former teams.