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Reports: Mariners to sign Cy Young winner Robbie Ray

Field Level Media
30 Nov 2021, 07:40 GMT+10

American League Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray has agreed to a five-year, $115 million deal with the Seattle Mariners, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The contract reportedly includes an opt-out after three seasons.

The Mariners were in the American League wild-card hunt until the waning days of the 2021 season and are looking to make a playoff push next season. The left-hander would give the Mariners a big boost if he can come close to the season he just completed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ray, 30, was 13-7 with a league-low 2.84 ERA in 32 starts. In 193 1/3 innings, he struck out an MLB-best 248 and walked 52.

He signed a one-year, $8 million deal with Toronto prior to the 2021 season. Because he turned down the qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, the Mariners must send their third-highest 2022 draft pick to Toronto.

The Mariners will be the fourth major league team for Ray, who made a brief debut with the Detroit Tigers (2014) before spending five-plus seasons with Arizona. The Diamondbacks traded him to the Blue Jays in August 2020 along with cash for left-hander Travis Bergen.

In 193 career games (189 starts), Ray has a 62-58 record with a 4.00 ERA. In 1,035 2/3 innings, he has 1,290 strikeouts -- 11.2 Ks per nine innings.

--Field Level Media

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