The American League Cy Young Award has been announced, and this year’s award goes to left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray.
Ray, in his first full season with the Toronto Blue Jays, put up career best numbers and cemented himself as an ace. In 2020, Ray was acquired from Arizona by the Blue Jays, and it was uncertain where the left-hander would fit in with the rotation in Toronto.
Ray had four starts once he arrived in Toronto and posted a 1-1 record and 4.79 earned run average. Toronto could not have asked for anything more from Ray in 2021. He was lights out for the entire season. He appeared in 35 games for the Blue Jays, finishing with an impressive 13-7 record and an outstanding 2.89 ERA.
The now 30-year-old lefty racked up strikeouts in 2021. He had multiple games with ten strikeouts or more throughout the season. Robbie Ray was the MLB strikeout leader with 248 in 192 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays will miss the left-handed starter if he decides to take his talents elsewhere for 2022. Ray is a free agent this off-season. However, Toronto has extended a qualifying offer to him for $18.4 million. He is expected to decline the offer.
Ray is the fourth Blue Jays Cy Young winner in franchise history, joining Pat Hentgen, Roger Clemens, and Roy Halladay. It was an outstanding season for Ray, and the Blue Jays have made it clear they will do whatever they can to bring their most recent Cy Young winner back for 2022.
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