Blue Jays sign Randal Grichuk to a 5-year $52 million extension

     The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Randal Grichuk to a US$52-million five-year contract extension.

     The new deal covers the 2019 to 2023 seasons.

     The 27-year-old was slated to make $5 million this year. He was eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season.

     Sportsnet reported that Grichuk's 2019 salary will be $7 million plus a $5-million signing bonus. He will earn $12 million in 2020 followed by salaries of $9,333,333 in 2021-23.

     Grichuk, 27, is coming off a 2018 season that produced 25 home runs, 32 doubles, and 58 extra-base hits. He hit .245.

     A native of Rosenberg, Texas, Grichuk has a .247 career batting average in six years in the majors.