Blue Jays exercise club option on Dolis contract, decline option on Anderson

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TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays exercised the 2021 club option on reliever Rafael Dolis's contract and declined the club option for right-hander Chase Anderson.

Dolis was a reliable option in the bullpen for Toronto last season, posting a 2-2 record, five saves, seven holds and 1.50 earned-run average over 24 appearances. He will earn US$1.5 million next season.

The 32-year-old right-hander, who also handled closer duties on occasion, finished the 60-game campaign with 31 strikeouts, 14 walks and held opponents to a .193 average.

Dolis, who started his big-league career with the Chicago Cubs in 2011, signed with the Blue Jays as a free agent last February after four seasons with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. 

Anderson, also 32, was 1-2 with a 7.22 ERA over 10 appearances last season. He made seven starts and had three relief appearances in his seventh big-league season and first with Toronto.

Opponents hit .315 off Anderson, who had 38 strikeouts and 10 walks over 33 2/3 innings. He was slated to earn $9.5 million next year but will instead get a $500,000 buyout.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2020. 

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