Report: Robbie Ray finalizing five-year, $115M deal with Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays' Robbie Ray pitches during the first inning of the first baseball game in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Reigning American League Cy Young winner Robbie Ray and the Seattle Mariners are reportedly finalizing a five-year, $115-million deal, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The deal, Passan reported, will have an opt-out after the third season.

Ray, who was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Toronto Blue Jays along with cash for left-hander Travis Bergen in August of 2020, went on to sign a one-year, $8 million contract to stay with the Jays after being encouraged by his brief time with the team down the stretch of the ’20 season.

In his commanding one-season run with the Blue Jays in 2021 that endeared him to fans, Ray transformed his career, rebounding from a troubled 2020 campaign which saw him pitch to an ERA of 6.62 in 12 appearances and an average of 7.8 walks per nine innings.

Ray posted a 13-7 record for Toronto this past season to go along with a 2.84 earned-run average and 248 strikeouts over 193.1 innings pitched.

The reports of Ray leaving the Blue Jays come one day after Toronto reached an agreement on a five-year, $110 million contract with right-hander Kevin Gausman.

The 30-year-old’s departure marks the second pitcher from Toronto’s 2021 staff to depart via free agency, joining Steven Matz, who finalized a four-year, $44-million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

Joining the pitching duo on their way out of Toronto is Marcus Semien, who reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $175-million deal with Texas after one stellar year with the Blue Jays in which he was named a finalist for the AL most valuable player award.

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