|Downs, Chacin, Tallet, Frasor avoid arbitration with Blue Jays and agree to deals|
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|Thursday, 17 January 2008 17:26|
Downs went 4-2 in 81 relief appearances, tied for the AL lead. He struck out 57 in 58 innings and walked just 24.
Downs gets $2.25 million this year, $3.75 million next year and $4 million in 2010. He made $1.05 million last season.
Toronto also agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Jason Frasor ($1,125,000), and left-handers Gustavo Chacin ($725,000) and Brian Tallet ($640,000). The Blue Jays were close to a deal with infielder Marco Scutaro, which would leave outfielder Alex Rios as Toronto's last remaining player in arbitration.
Frasor, who got a raise of $300,000, was 1-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 51 relief appearances. He struck out 59 in 57 innings and walked 23 and served as closer for a time in April after B.J. Ryan went on the disabled list. Jeremy Accardo wound up filling the closer's role, and Frasor finished the season with three saves.
Chacin went 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA in five starts last year but did not pitch after April 28 because of a strained left shoulder. He had season-ending surgery in August to repair a small tear in his rotator cuff.
In 2006, Chacin was limited to 17 starts because of an elbow strain.
Chacin is the only left-handed starter on Toronto's roster. The rest of the projected rotation includes right-handers Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett, Shaun Marcum, Dustin McGowan and Jesse Litsch.
Tallet appeared in a career-high 48 games for Toronto in 2007, going 2-4 with a 3.47 ERA. He struck out 54 and walked 28.
Teams and players exchange figures Friday.