TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will not make qualifying offers to starting pitcher Josh Johnson or any other free agent, the team announced.
Qualifying Johnson would have cost Toronto US$14.1 million and given it draft-pick compensation if the right-hander signed with another club. After going 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA, the risk was that the 29-year-old would accept the qualifying offer and take a huge chunk out of the Jays' budget.
Now if Johnson signs elsewhere in Major League Baseball, the Jays will not receive any compensation.
He was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins last off-season. Johnson made $13.75 million in his only season in Toronto.
Oliver, who made 50 appearances in 2013, will retire at the age of 43.