American Cy Young winner Robbie Ray agreed to a five-year, $ 115 million contract with the Seattle Mariners, ESPN reported and The Athletic, notably.
Last season, Ray was 13-7 and an earned-run average of 2.84 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He led Major Baseball with 248 strikeouts, pitching for 193 one-third innings.
Ray immediately becomes the ace of the Mariners starting staff. Marco Gonzales, Chris Flexen and Logan Gilbert are also under contract for the 2022 season. The Seattle team went 90-72 last season, narrowly missing their first playoff appearance in 20 years.
This is the second biggest move for the Mariners during the offseason. They acquired the services of second baseman Adam Frazier on Saturday.
Ray wasn’t even selected for the All-Star game in his first full season with the Blue Jays, which shows just how dominant he was in the second half. As of his start on July 11, Ray posted an earned-run average of 2.35 and recorded 129 strikeouts in 99 and two-thirds innings.
Ray easily won the Cy Young Trophy, getting 29 of 30 first-place votes to edge New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole.
It was quite a turnaround for Ray, who claimed a 2-5 record and 6.62 earned-run average with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Blue Jays, in 2020. This year- there, he conceded the most walks in major league baseball (45).
Ray, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Oct. 1, made his Major debut in 2014 with the Detroit Tigers. He was selected for the All-Star Game in 2017.
The left-hander has shown his durability over the past few years. He’s made at least 28 starts in four of the past five seasons spanning at least 162 games.
There is movement among the Blue Jays. According to what was reported on Sunday, Marcus Semien left in favor of the Texas Rangers, while Kevin Gausman agreed to join the Toronto club.