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Source: Toronto Blue Jays agree to 1-year, $8 million deal with Robbie Ray

Free-agent pitcher Robbie Ray and the Toronto Blue Jays have reached agreement on a one-year deal, the team announced Saturday.

The deal is worth $8 million, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Ray becomes the first of 181 free agents to get a new contract this offseason.

Ray accepted a 15% cut from his $9.43 million, one-year deal with Arizona last year, which turned into $3,492,593 in prorated pay in the pandemic-shortened season. The Diamondbacks traded him to the Blue Jays on Aug. 31, and he pitched in the playoffs for Toronto.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2020 at 10:11 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: November 08, 2020 at 12:08 PM (#5987835)
Surprisingly good deal for Ray. He should be happy
   2. Walt Davis Posted: November 08, 2020 at 04:15 PM (#5987849)
It's hard to say. He was terrible in 2020 but coming off a solid 5-year run before that. Still a big K-rate but lost all control. If he can get the walk rate back down to its typical bad 4.3, he'll be back to getting solid results; if he ever gets real control, he'll be a star.

It's also interesting the Jays did this. Are they assuming they'll be back playing in Toronto in 2021? I'd bet on it but it's hardly a sure thing.
   3. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: November 08, 2020 at 09:46 PM (#5987873)
given some of the contracts people have been cutting bait on via options, this seems pretty good for Ray.
   4. Schtoopo Posted: November 09, 2020 at 12:02 AM (#5987879)
You'd think at that price they could have gotten a one year team option.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2020 at 12:07 AM (#5987880)
I am expecting a lot of backloaded 2 year deals, which have the benefit of not having to be paid if there is a work stoppage in 2022.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: November 09, 2020 at 01:26 AM (#5987885)
given some of the contracts people have been cutting bait on via options, this seems pretty good for Ray.

Not disagreeing but not sure who you're thinking of. Happ had a $17 M option declined; Morton $15 M; Anibal Sanchez $12 M. The first two are a lot more money than $8, as noted Happ's is nearly the QO -- he's been good but he'll be 38 too. Morton will be 37 -- strong peripherals, lousy results in 2020 ... and of course the cheapest team in the league. Sanchez had a terrible 53 innings with terrible peripherals and will be turning 37.

I'll grant that especially Happ and probably Morton get their options picked up if not for covid. (Morton only probably because it's the Rays.) Sanchez probably let go under any circumstances.

I'll further grant that this is an odd deal for the Jays. Given how awful he was in 2020 and covid, Ray should have no leverage here. Even in normal times, the point of a deal like this is to hope the guy returns to or lives up to his potential while you get him pretty cheap this year and an option next year. Cot's doesn't have it yet, maybe there is an option.
   7. Rally Posted: November 09, 2020 at 07:47 AM (#5987889)
Even in a normal season, I can't see any chance the Yankees would want to pick up Happ's option. He's 38 and did not pitch well in 2019. His ERA looks nice for 2020, but that's only 49 innings and his FIP was over a run per game higher. They pitched him only 3 teams in August, giving him 10 days and 12 days between starts, because they didn't want the option to vest. Granted that was all happening in the middle of COVID, but I doubt they would have done things differently anyway.

The team option that was not picked up, and seems to indicate less money available, was Brad Hand's 10 million dollar option with a 1 million buyout. It's hard to see much difference in his recent stats and what Will Smith (not the catcher, not the fresh prince) did leading up to his free agency last year. Smith got 3 years and 40 million, so it is a bit surprising that the next top lefty closer isn't even wanted on a one year contract for less AAV.

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