Osuna loses arbitration case with Blue Jays

 Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna lost his arbitration case with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna lost his arbitration case with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO - Roberto Osuna came out on the short end of his first trip into salary arbitration on Saturday and will earn $5.3M in 2018, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Osuna, 22, pitched to an ERA of 3.38 with 83 strikeouts against only nine walks through 66 appearances in 2017. In his third season at the major league level, the hard-throwing product of Juan Jose Rios, Mexico converted 39 saves in 49 attempts and produced a career-best HR/9 total 0.4 on the season.

Selected to the All-Star Game for the first time last summer, Osuna --who earned a base salary of $552,400 in 2017-- filed at $5.8M while the Blue Jays countered with a $5.3M offer.

Of the eight Blue Jays that were eligible for salary arbitration in 2018, the team reached formal agreements with all but two last month. This left righties Marcus Stroman and Osuna exposed to the hearing process.

With a gap of $400,000 currently separating the Blue Jays and Stroman, his case is next on the docket.

Both parties have until February 16 to reach an agreement.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.