Jays offer arbitration to Johnson, 3 others
The Toronto Blue Jays offered arbitration to second baseman Kelly Johnson, catcher Jose Molina and relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch, guaranteeing the Jays compensatory draft picks should their players sign elsewhere.
Reliever Shawn Camp was the lone free agent who went without an arbitration offer.
The deadline was 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday night and players have until Nov. 30 to accept.
Johnson hit .270 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 33 games for the Jays after coming over from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that sent Aaron Hill and John McDonald to the desert in late August.
The 29-year-old is a career .260 hitter with 92 homers and 335 RBIs in 791 games with the Atlanta Braves, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays.
Molina, 36, is a lifetime .241 hitter and a veteran of 666 career games with the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees and Blue Jays.
Francisco battled through inconsistencies in his first season with Toronto, saving 17 games out of 21 opportunities and posting a 3.55 ERA and giving up 49 hits in 50.2 innings.
Rauch, 33, was brought in to solidify the Jays' bullpen but struggled with Toronto, converting just 11 out of 16 saves and sporting a less-than-stellar 4.85 ERA, while allowing 56 hits and 11 homers in 52 innings.
With files from The Associated Press