Barney, Carrera reach deals with Blue Jays to avoid arbitration

Second baseman Darwin Barney and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera have both agreed to one-year contracts with the Toronto Blue Jays, avoiding arbitration.

The team said Thursday that Barney's deal was worth US$2,887,500, while Carrera's is for $1,162,500.

Barney, who earned $1,050,000 last season, batted .269 with four homers, 19 RBI's and 13 doubles in 104 games. 

The utilityman played at least 25 games each at second base, third and shortstop while making 32 starts at second — his most at any position. He also played five games in left field and pitched an inning.

Carrera batted .248 with six home runs, 23 RBI's and seven stolen bases over 110 games in 2016.

The Blue Jays lost the AL Championship Series to Cleveland in five games.

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