Blue Jays signed outfielder Alex Rios to a six-year, $64 million contract extension through 2012.
No mention was made of the reported option for a seventh year. Rios was probably going to get about $18 million for his final two years of arbitration, so the Jays are buying out his first four years of free agency for about $46 million. It's a big commitment to a player who doesn't qualify as a superstar, but Rios is a well above average regular and he's likely to age well.
Blue Jays signed second baseman Aaron Hill to a four-year, $12 million contract with club options for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
He's practically the new Tim Wakefield. It's odd that Hill would give the team options for each of his first three years of free agency, especially when he's only being guaranteed $12 million. Now he may not control his own destiny until his age-33 season.
I like both deals...especially Hill's. As Rotoworld points out, the option years are odd, but what the hell.