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Four Jays are tendered contracts

Four Jays are tendered contracts

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LAS VEGAS -- The Blue Jays tendered contracts to all of their unsigned players on Friday, keeping each of their four arbitration-eligible players in the fold. Jason Frasor, Brian Tallet, Brandon League and Jose Bautista are scheduled to go through the arbitration process with Toronto next month.

Any unsigned players not offered a contract before Friday's midnight ET deadline enter the pool of free agents this offseason. Those tendered deals will exchange salary arbitration figures with their respective clubs between Jan. 5-15, unless a deal is signed before that point. If necessary, the two sides will settle on a contract during the arbitration hearings from Feb. 1-21.

Last season, the 31-year-old Frasor earned $1.125 million and posted a 4.18 ERA in 49 games for the Blue Jays, serving as a middle reliever. Across 47 1/3 innings, the right-hander struck out 42 batters and issued 32 walks. Frasor limited hitters to a .208 batting average, including a .174 mark against right-handed batters.

The 31-year-old Tallet, who earned $640,000 in his first year of arbitration in 2008, established a career-best with a 2.88 ERA last season. The left-hander appeared in 51 games and registered 47 strikeouts against 22 walks over 56 1/3 innings. Tallet was especially tough on right-handed hitters, holding them to a .230 average.

League, 25, is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason after making $400,000 in 2008. Last season, the hard-throwing right-hander posted a career-best 2.18 ERA out of the bullpen, with 23 strikeouts and 15 walks in 31 appearances. In his 33 innings, League had a 3.71 groundball-to-flyball ratio and limited right-handed hitters to a .200 average.

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The Blue Jays acquired the 28-year-old Bautista in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in late August and the utilityman appeared in 21 games for Toronto down the stretch. Overall, Bautista hit .238 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in 128 games with the Pirates and Jays in '08, when he earned $1.8 million.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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