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Jays win arbitration case with Roberto Osuna

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This is almost like news. Newish.

Bob Nightengale tweeted that the Blue Jays won their arbitration case against Roberto Osuna. Osuna will make $5.3 million in 2018. He asked for $5.9.

In many ways Osuna had his best season yet for the Blue Jays. His strikeout rate was up (33.3%, up from 28.5 in 2016), walk rate was down (3.6%, from 4.9) and home runs were down too (0.42/9 compared to 1.09 in 2016).

And yet he had 10 blown saves, more than he had in the first 2 seasons.

Osuna sits fourth on our all-time saves list with 95. He’s 5 behind Billy Koch for third and 26 behind Duane Ward for second. Tom Henke is 4 or 5 seasons away, if Roberto continues at his current pace, with 217 saves.

We still have to heard about Marcus Stroman’s case. Marcus filed at $6.9 million, the team at $6.3 million.