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Blue Jays Extend Qualifying Offers to Semien and Ray

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The Toronto Blue Jays have made Qualifying offers to Gold Glove infielder Marcus Semien and Left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray, the qualifying offer deadline is November 17th. Toronto will likely look to solidify their pitching rotation and needs, therefore it’s highly likely that the Blue Jays go after re-signing Robbie Ray.

The Blue Jays qualifying offers are both one year deals worth $18.4 Million USD and both players have 10 days to accept or decline the offer, both players are expected to decline the offers and hit the open market. Steven Matz was not extended a qualifying offer after a strong showing in 2021, its reported both Matz and the Blue Jays are expected to remain in contact during the offseason.

Probability of Re-Signing Robbie Ray

The Toronto Blue Jays are working to bring bacback left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray after a stellar season from the left-hander. Robbie Ray known for his pants and sounds when releasing the baseball was lights out in 2021. In his first full season with Toronto, Ray finished with a 13-7 record and 248 strikeouts and an outstanding 2.48 ERA in 192 innings pitched.

The 29-year old lefty will be highly sought after once the free agency period opens. Robbie Eay has played 8 seasons in MLB, he has played for the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Re-signing Gold Glover Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien the 2021 Golden Glove Award Winner is expected to reject the qualifying offer made by the Blue Jays. Marcus is coming off his best MLB season, he set the record for most homeruns hit by a second baseman, and had his best Batting Average, he has now officially secured the Golden glove award as well for the 2021 season.

Marcus Semien posted 45 home runs, along with 102 RBI’s through 162 games in 2021, he didnt miss a single game. Not only was he an offensive threat for Toronto but he was just as spectacular on defense which comes as no surprise with his Gold Glove Award secured.

Marcus will be highly sought after this offseason and will likely receive hefty offers from various teams. As much as Toronto would like to bring him back in 2022, however, the team has bigger areas of concern to address, as mentioned before pitching will be the top of that list.

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