Free agent pitcher Robbie Ray reached a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
The deal is for one year and is worth $8 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Ray is the first free agent to get a new contract.
Ray was acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 31. He struggled this year going 2-5 with a 6.62 ERA. In his career Ray is 49-51 with a 4.26 ERA and was an All-Star in 2017.
The Blue Jays are planning on having Ray as a starter. He will join a rotation that includes Hyun Jin Ryu, Nate Pearson, Tanner Roark, and Ross Stripling. The Blue Jays will still explore the pitching market since their pitchers struggled this year.
“I think we are in a position where we could add to this team with talent that is condensed in one player and a super high impact,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said. “We got to the point last year where we felt like the team was competitive enough to move towards winning, and that was a big part of that decision [to sign Ryu].”
The Blue Jays are expected to be in the market for help with the bullpen and maybe a third baseman. However the rotation is their top priority.
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