TORONTO – Chris Bassitt is officially a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Bassitt and the Blue Jays have confirmed their three-year, $63 million deal.
Several media had reported that the 33-year-old right-handed pitcher had signed a contract with the Toronto team on Monday, but the Blue Jays did not confirm the agreement until Friday.
« Couldn’t be more excited to say this is my home for at least the next three years, » Bassitt wrote on Twitter, above a photo of the Rogers Center infielder. I am grateful for this opportunity to join a special group. Let’s do great things. »
Couldn’t be more excited to call this place home for atleast the next 3 years. I’m grateful for the opportunity to join this special group. Let’s do something special!!! pic.twitter.com/zLh8eZocN7
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419)
December 16, 2022
Bassitt was 15-9 with a 3.42 ERA with the New York Mets in 2022. He set career highs in starts (30), innings pitched (181 and two-thirds) and strikeouts (167).
He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2011 and made his major league debut with the team in 2014.
Bassitt spent the next six seasons in an Oakland Athletics uniform, representing the team at the All-Star Game in 2021.
Standing six-foot-five and weighing 217 pounds, Bassitt made 123 starts and 13 relief appearances during his eight-year Major League Baseball career. He went 46-34 with a 3.45 ERA.
Left-hander Anthony Kay has been designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man Blue Jays roster.