The Toronto Blue Jays have plenty of decisions to make this off-season, and they have watched as free agents have signed with rival clubs. Marcus Semien inked a long term contract with the Texas Rangers, crushing the hopes of the Blue Jays fanbase and management team. The latest disappointing announcement is that Cy Young winner Robbie Ray will not be returning, as he is heading to Seattle per reports.
It has not been all bad news for Toronto as the team has been able to acquire new faces for the 2022 season. Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro have been actively pursuing players as the free agency frenzy continues.
Yimi Garcia Agrees to Contract
According to sources, the Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement with reliever Yimi Garcia. The now 31-year old right-handed reliever ended the 2021 season with the Houston Astros after he was acquired from the Miami Marlins.
The Dominican Republic native appeared in 62 games last season. He finished with a 4-9 record and a 4.21 earned run average. Garcia has played in seven major league seasons and has a 12-20 record accompanied by a 3.60 ERA. Garcia has played for three different teams: the Los Angeles Dodgers for five seasons, the Miami Marlins, and Houston Astros.
The biggest need for the Blue Jays heading into the off season was and is their pitching staff and depth. Toronto has begun the process of fulfilling the voids and has started to make improvements.
Blue Jays Sign RHP Kevin Gausman
The Blue Jays made a big splash in the free agency pool with the signing of right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman. The five-year deal is worth $110 Million USD. The Jays are working to bolster their starting pitching rotation for the 2022 season, and adding Kevin Gausman is a step in the right direction.
The 30-year old right-handed pitcher joins the Blue Jays after spending the last two seasons with the San Francisco Giants. The 2021 All-Star had an impressive season in 2021, ending the year with a 14-6 record and a 2.81 ERA and 227 strikeouts.
The first time as an All-Star in his nine-year career which he has split between four different teams. The Blue Jays locked Gausman up long term and now have two starters signed to five or more year contracts.
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