Everyone was eager to see what the Blue Jays would do to improve. After all, the club has shortcomings at the moment.
And now Chris Bassitt is coming to town. He will earn $63 million over three years, or $21 million per year. What a great time to be a free agent.
The pitcher, who spent the majority of his career in Oakland, did well in 2022 with the New York Mets. In his only season at Queens, Bassitt pitched 181.2 innings, averaged 3.42 and passed 167 guys in the mitt.
That’s what the Toronto club needed: a reliable guy who won’t be asked to win the Cy Young with his new team.
After all, with Alek Manoah, Kevin Gausman and Jose Berrios, the Jays have the means to have a good rotation – if all goes well.
In an ideal world, the club would retain the services of a Ross Stripling (still free as air) to prevent Yusei Kikuchi or Mitch White from being in the rotation.
Note that Bassitt had refused a qualifying offer from the Mets. Toronto will therefore lose a draft pick in the process.
But above all, the club has once again spent. After Hyun-Jin Ryu, George Springer and Kevin Gausman, the Jays got their money’s worth out for a guy who turns 34 next year.
Behind Carlos Rodon, the pitcher was arguably the best left of major league baseball’s starting pitchers. Nice signing.
Now the club has to get a good left-handed stick out in the field. Kevin Kiermaier must not be a regular…