Blue Jays settle with Johnson, Rios and Downs
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays settled their three remaining salary arbitration cases Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with left fielder Reed Johnson, right fielder Alex Rios and pitcher Scott Downs.
Johnson gets $3,075,000, Rios $2,535,000 and Downs $1,025,000.
Johnson, who hit .319 last year with 12 homers and 49 RBIs, can make an additional $225,000 in performance bonuses: $37,500 each for 575, 600, 615, 625, 635 and 645 plate appearances. After earning $1,425,000 last year, he had asked for $3.6 million and had been offered $2.5 million.
Rios was a first-time All-Star last year, hitting .302 with 17 homers and 82 RBIs. He missed more than 30 games because of a staph infection in his leg.
Rios was eligible for arbitration for the first time after making $354,000 last year. He had asked for $3.1 million and had been offered $2 million.
Downs went 6-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 59 games last year, earning $705,000. He had asked for $1.2 million and had been offered $925,000.
In addition to his base salary, he could earn $25,000 in performance bonuses: $10,000 for 70 games and $15,000 for 75 games.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press