2023-02-05 · 2 min read · MLB/Baseball
Toronto announced that they have signed righty Chad Green to a two-year deal

Nick Wass/AP | The Canadian Press

In a move that will hopefully help bolster their bullpen during the latter half of this season, Toronto announced that they have signed righty Chad Green to a two-year, 8.5 million dollar deal.
Green, coming off Tommy John Surgery as well as a Flexor Tear, will hopefully be ready to resume his career in the mid-to-late part of the 2023 season. With this in mind, Toronto’s deal with him is…unusual to say the least. Dollars aside, there are a number of both team and player options contingent on each other based on success. Below are all possible options for both Green and the Blue Jays following 2023:
  • Toronto picks up Green’s option, signing him through 2026.
  • Toronto declines Green’s 2024 option but Green accepts his 2024 player option, signing him through 2024.
  • Toronto declines Green’s 2024 team option, Green declines his 2024 player option, Toronto picks up Green’s two-year team option signing him through 2025.
  • Toronto declines Green’s 2024 team option, Green declines his 2024 player option, Toronto declines Green’s two-year team option making Green a Free Agent after 2023.
All this to say, if Green puts up the numbers he did over seven seasons with the Yankees then he will likely be here until 2026.
Since his rookie year in 2016, Green has put up a combined 3.17 ERA over an accumulated 383 ⅔ innings while having some of the best opposite-splits against lefties in baseball. His most effective year came in 2017, posting a dynamite 1.73 ERA over 69 innings while striking out 103 - his career high in strikeouts, with only his third-most usage over his time in the Bronx. Green only got into fourteen games last season before being dealt the unfortunate news of TJS, with his numbers regressing from 2021 over 15 innings - likely due to his sore elbow.
Blue Jays fans know him well, being one of a handful of relievers New York would force on them repeatedly over the last number of years. Originally, Green was drafted by Toronto back in 2010 and opted not to sign - a wise move, as three years later he was taken by Detroit in the eleventh round (twenty-six rounds higher than Toronto’s pick). Now 31, Green has the chance to be a bargain if he can return to form - and finally dawn the blue thirteen years after Toronto first tried to grab him.
In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays DFA’d lefty Matt Gage - a controversial decision with Trent Thornton and Thomas Hatch still on the 40-man roster. In an ideal world Gage goes unclaimed to AAA, though his outstanding numbers in both the minors and majors last year may entice a team in need of a lefty reliever.
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