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Monday, November 29, 2021

Sources - Cy Young winner Robbie Ray, Seattle Mariners finalizing $115 million contract

Reigning AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray and the Seattle Mariners are finalizing a five-year, $115 million contract with an opt-out after the third season, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Ray joins a Mariners team that surprised many last season by finishing second in the American League West with a 90-72 record.

Ray went from one of the worst starting pitchers in the majors in 2020 to the best in the American League in 2021, winning American League Cy Young honors after going 13-7 with a 2.84 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays and leading the AL in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts and WHIP. Ray had been a free agent after the 2020 season, but after leading the majors with 45 walks in 51⅔ innings between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Blue Jays and posting a 6.64 ERA, he re-signed with Toronto on a one-year, $8 million contract.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2021 at 03:55 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: November 29, 2021 at 04:08 PM (#6055186)
I was expecting something kinda crazy. This still might not work out for the Ms but looks to be in line with what a good, not (usually) great SP gets. Darvish springs to mind -- higher quality but more fragile. Patrick Corbin got a little bit more. Those guys both got a 6th year although Corbin's ends at the same age as Ray's.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2021 at 04:17 PM (#6055189)
Agree, although the opt out helps. The starting pitching market has not been crazy, even though the reliever market and hitter market seem overheated, IMO.
   3. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: November 29, 2021 at 04:19 PM (#6055190)
#1, you aren't kidding. This is not at all what I was expecting.

Are there a lot of major deals getting signed early this off-season or is it just me? Is this players trying to get deals done before the lockout?
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2021 at 04:25 PM (#6055192)
Yes. And yes.
   5. dejarouehg Posted: November 29, 2021 at 04:32 PM (#6055194)
Unless he didn't want to go back to Toronto, (an exchange rate/tax issue??,) if I'm Toronto, I'd rather have Ray than Gausman for essentially the same deal.

I thought the Mets would go after Ray, notwithstanding anything related to Scherzer.

And where were the Yankees on this one? Not that I am rooting for them but they desperately need pitching.

Maybe he's a west coast guy and wants his frequent flier miles.
   6. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: November 29, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#6055204)
Yeah, kinda interesting from the Blue Jays perspective essentially preferring Gausman on the same deal (maybe Ray didn't want to come back, but either way, this is how it seems). Then they get draft picks for Semien and Ray.
   7. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:20 PM (#6055891)
This is such a classic Mariners signing. A cruddy team stumbles to a winning record, so they convince themselves their collection of has-beens and never-will-bes is actually the core of something good. Go out and blow money on a guy with a long track record of being okay and a short one of being better than that. Even if Ray actually is the guy he looked like in 2021, he's going to be pitching in a lot of 2-1 losses until he inevitably opts out.
   8. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: December 02, 2021 at 02:33 PM (#6055899)
convince themselves their collection of has-beens and never-will-bes is actually the core of something good

Will Mitch Haniger still be good next year and moving forward? (Asking for a friend in a keeper league)
   9. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 02, 2021 at 04:40 PM (#6055931)
Will Mitch Haniger still be good next year and moving forward?

Haniger, as he ever has been, is the exception that proves the rule.

Being a Mariners fan is so annoying sometimes.

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