Griffin: Arbitration deadline approaches
Just after midnight, the Jays announced that veteran reliever Shawn Camp has agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $2.25 million. Camp is eligible for free agency following the 2011 season and is expected to be a sturdy contributor in a seventh inning setup role.
Camp joined fellow righthanders Casey Janssen and Jesse Litsch as agreeing to terms on Monday, thus avoiding the sometimes nasty arbitration process. Reliever Carlos Villanueva had signed a one-year deal on the weekend. The Jays now have five players remaining as the 1:00 p.m. deadline approaches for the exchange of numbers between club and player.
Leading the list of Jays headed for arbitration is major-league home run leader Jose Bautista, who following the signing of Reds' first baseman Joey Votto on Monday, could be in line for a one-season deal in the vicinity of $12-15 million. The club must make an offer and the player makes his demand on Tuesday, with an arbitrator deciding on one of the two numbers. The sides have up until the actual hearing in February to reach agreement.
Other Jays still going through the arbitration process include Jason Frasor, Rajai Davis, Brandon Morrow and Yunel Escobar.