Camp inked, Jays' streak extended
Club at 12 years without arbitration hearing after settlement
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' arbitration streak has officially been extended. On Saturday, Toronto agreed to terms with reliever Shawn Camp on a deal for the upcoming season, tidying up the club's only unsettled contract.
Camp, who was the lone remaining arbitration-eligible player for the Jays this winter, is scheduled to earn $750,000 this year. By signing Camp, Toronto has now gone 12 years without requiring an arbitration hearing for a player -- the last occurrence being in 1997 with pitcher Bill Risley.
Camp, 33, had requested a salary of $950,000, and the Jays originally countered with an offer of $700,000. With his new contract, the Blue Jays have doled out $7.155 million in salary this offseason for their six arbitration-eligible players (Camp, Jason Frasor, Brian Tallet, Jeremy Accardo, Brandon League and Jose Bautista).
Bautista will be the highest-paid among the Jays' arbitration cases after inking a one-year pact worth $2.4 million for the 2009 campaign. Overall, Toronto's payroll will stand around $85 million this season -- down from roughly $97 million a year ago.
In his first tour with Toronto last season, Camp went 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 40 relief appearances. Over 39 1/3 innings, the right-hander struck out 31 batters and issued 11 walks. Camp also limited hitters to a .263 average, including a .204 mark against right-handers.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.