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Blue Jays non-tender three players; scouting director bolts for Pittsburgh

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TORONTO — On a housekeeping day across baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered three players, but played things relatively safe in keeping the most polarizing name around.

With the Monday deadline to tender contracts for 2020 to players on the 40-man roster coming and going, it was no surprise to see catcher Luke Maile and relievers Derek Law and Jason Adam non-tendered, sending the trio off into free agency.

One player the Blue Jays ended up deciding was worth a raise is utility player Brandon Drury, who’s projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $2.5 million in 2020, up from the $1.3 million the 27-year-old made this season.

It’s debatable whether he even earned that sum in 2019.

Drury, who was seen as the main piece coming over from the New York Yankees in the return for J.A. Happ ahead of the 2018 trade deadline, slashed just .218/.262/.380 with 15 home runs and a well below average 66 wRC in his age-26 season, which included a number of long and horrific slumps.

Through it all, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins continued to talk up the infielder’s exit velocities and versatility.

This is another vote of confidence.

Drury ended up appearing in 120 games with the Jays in 2019, playing six different positions at a somewhat acceptable level defensively.

The only spots he didn’t play were catcher and centre field, while his best position seems to be the hot corner, where he graded out with plus-2 Defensive Runs Saved in 59 starts.

The versatile glove leaves him in line to fill a utility role once........