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Blue Jays exercise 2014 option on Casey Janssen

Oct 31, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays had an easy call to begin their offseason, as Shi Davidi of reports that the club has exercised their $4 million option on closer Casey Janssen for 2014.

After saving 22 games in 25 chances in 2012, Janssen further cemented himself in the closer role this season by compiling a 2.56 ERA, 34 saves, and a 50/13 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings. The 32-year-old quietly owns a 2.46 ERA in 173 appearances dating back to the start of 2011.

Janssen will remain a bargain in 2014, but he’ll be in line for a nice payday next winter if he can remain healthy and effective.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    A very easy decision for the Jays. They also have a surplus of relief pitchers who might be available in trades.

    The Jays exercised the options on Adam Lind and Mark DeRosa. They did not exercise the option on Kawasaki; however, Kawasaki will probably be offered a minor league contract.

  2. nbjays - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Damn right, PC. This was a no-brainer. Casey’s been a very dependable closer since he moved into the role. I think they should lock him up before he hits FA.

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