Sport MLB world reacts to Robbie Ray’s new contract

02:10  30 november  2021
02:10  30 november  2021 Source:   thecomeback.com

Blue Jays lefty Robbie Ray wins American League Cy Young Award

  Blue Jays lefty Robbie Ray wins American League Cy Young Award Ray become the first Blue Jays pitcher to win the award since Roy Halladay in 2003.The 30-year-old left-hander led the AL in ERA (2.84), strikeouts (248), WHIP (1.045), innings pitched (193 ⅓) and starts (32).

The Mariners are finalizing a five-year deal with AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray . Read more at MLB Trade Rumors. The Mariners are closing in on an agreement with reigning American League Cy Young winner Robbie Ray , as first reported by Michael Mayer of MetsMerized (Twitter link).

Of the new teams in the hunt for Ray , it isn’t surprising to see Detroit and San Francisco listed, as both clubs have already been looking for pitching and been aggressive with some early signings. The Tigers agreed to sign Eduardo Rodriguez for five years and MM, while the Giants re-signed Anthony DeSclafani and Despite these factors, signing Ray to something close to five years and 0MM (MLBTR’ s projection for the lefty’ s next deal) would represent the second-largest contract in the Twins’ franchise history, and the type of financial outlay that Minnesota has traditionally preferred to avoid.

2021 American League Cy Young winner Robbie Ray has cashed in, signing a five-year, $115-million deal with the Seattle Mariners, according to Jeff Passan.

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Passan also reports that the deal will have an opt-out clause after the third season.

Ray dominated the American League with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, leading the league in ERA, starts, innings, WHIP, and strikeouts. Finishing 13-7, he won the Cy Young in a near-unanimous vote, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes. It was quite the turnaround from the previous season when Ray finished 2-5 with a 6.62 ERA between the D’backs and Jays.

This worker got jobless benefits; Virginia wants them back

  This worker got jobless benefits; Virginia wants them back ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — For 26 years, Ernest Ray worked at a company in southwest Virginia that made compressors, in a physically demanding job that involved night shifts on a factory floor. When the plant closed in 2018, Ray applied for and received about $9,000 in unemployment benefits. Three years later, Ray is fighting the Virginia Employment Commission in court as the agency tries to take the money back. It’s a case that, as Ray’s pro bono attorney sees it, illustrates the ethos of a radically dysfunctional agency.

TORONTO -- Robbie Ray has won the 2021 American League Cy Young Award, a fitting end to a career year that saw the left-hander skyrocket from depth starter to the Blue Jays’ ace. Ray ’ s honor comes in a busy awards season for the Blue Jays, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien both finalists for the AL MVP award alongside Shohei Ohtani, which will be announced Thursday night at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

Ray and Matz are both free agents after helping the Blue Jays go 91-71 this year. Toronto missed by one game of reaching the postseason for a second straight year, finishing in fourth place in a stacked American League East that included the Tampa Bay Rays (100-62), Boston Red Sox (92-70) and New York Yankees (92-70). Retaining the likely Cy Young winner will certainly show the Blue Jays are willing to spend to the level necessary to continue their pursuit of a first World Series appearance since 1993.

The Mariners will be Ray’s fourth MLB team in his eight-year career, joining the Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays. He was also drafted by the Washington Nationals organization but never played for the team in the big leagues.

The Blue Jays will receive draft-pick compensation for the move because Ray rejected their qualifying offer earlier this month.

For the Mariners, it’s a big move as they attempt to build on the momentum of a strong 2021 season that saw them just barely miss the playoffs. They’ll also need to keep pace with the Houston Astros, who won the AL West and played in the World Series.

Meanwhile, reactions are in from MLB folks on Twitter and they’re pretty positive overall (unless you’re a Toronto fan).

Why the Blue Jays and Red Sox are going to score a lot of runs, plus other best bets for Monday

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Ray figures to cash in on his next contract – at least, relative to the majority of other soon-to-be free agents – but perhaps not to the extent that he would have on the heels of a typical 162-game campaign. However, Ray is optimistic he won’t take too much of a hit. Ray hasn’t consistently posted top-end run prevention numbers, evidenced by his 4.11 ERA/3.97 FIP across 790 2/3 innings, and he also walked a bit over four batters per nine in the majors . But his age (29 in October) and elite strikeout ability should help lead to a good amount of interest from teams looking to better their rotations.

The Robbie Ray trade speculation continues to heat up for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees continue to be in the middle of the chatter. We now have a potential name the Diamondbacks could get back in exchange for the starting pitcher. Ray ' s affordable contract and his pitching this season make him a hot name on the MLB trade market. Ray is 9-7 with a 3.91 ERA this season. USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale tweeted Sunday that the Diamondbacks 'expect a steep return' in a trade for Ray , should they deal the lefty by the MLB trade deadline.

We’ll see if Ray will be able to follow up his Cy Young season and prove he can be a consistently great pitcher. If so, he might just give the Mariners what they need in order to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

[Jeff Passan]

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