Robbie Ray Agrees to Five-Year Deal With Mariners

Ray took home the Cy Young Award last year with Blue Jays, and he will officially head to Seattle. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Ray has agreed to a five-year, $115M contract with the Mariners, including an opt-out after the third year.

Ray has always been one of the best strikeout pitchers in baseball, posting a K/9 of at least 11.25 in each of the past six seasons. However, he finally put the rest together in 2021. He cut his walk rate way down — he averaged a career-low 2.42 BB/9 — and he also did a much better job keeping the ball in the ballpark.

It’s also fair to note that Ray got a bit lucky last season. He pitched to a .268 Batting Average on Balls in Play, which was well below his career average. Ray also posted a 90.1% strand rate, and his 3.69 FIP was significantly higher than his 2.84 ERA. He may regress in his first season with the Mariners.

Still, this is a team on the rise. The Mariners have a host of prospects ready to join Ray in the majors, making them a legit sleeper. They’re currently listed at +2800 to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.