Robbie Ray finalizing five-year, $115 million deal to sign with Seattle Mariners

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Looks like Robbie Ray has found a new home.

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ESPN’s Jeff Passon is reporting that the AL Cy Young winner with the Blue Jays last season is finalizing a five-year, $115 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.

There is an opt-out after the third season, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.


The deal comes a day after the Jays struck a deal with Kevin Gossman on a five-year, $110 million deal.

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Ray had a 13-7 record for the Toronto Blue Jays last season with a 2.84 earned run average and 248 strikeouts in 193.1 innings.

His era was the best in Major League Baseball, while his innings pitches and strikeout totals were among the best in the American League.

That year was a sharp turnaround after a disappointing 2020, when he led the majors and went 2-5 with a 6.62 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Blue Jays during the pandemic-shortened season.

Ray immediately becomes the ace of the Seattle workforce. The staff includes Marco Gonzales, Chris Flexon and Logan Gilbert, all under contract for the 2022 season to an ascending Mariners team that went 90–72 last season and barely missed the club’s 20-year playoff drought.

Ray is the second pitcher to move to free agency from Toronto’s 2021 employees. The St. Louis Cardinals and Steven Metz on Monday finalized a $44 million, four-year contract.

And according to Sunday reports, Marcus Semien has agreed to a $175 million, seven-year deal with Texas after a stellar year in Toronto in which he was named a finalist for the AL’s Most Valuable Player award.

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