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Toronto Blue Jays pending UFA’s: Re-sign or pass

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TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 06: Robbie Ray #38 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park on September 06, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray was acquired at the trade deadline for Travis Bergen as the Blue Jays were attempting to make a playoff push.

It was a bit of a surprise that they went out and got Ray as he had a 7.84 E.R.A. with 31 walks in the same amount of innings prior to coming over.

In five games (four starts) with the Blue Jays, Ray posted a 4.79 E.R.A. over 20.2 innings. He walked 14.

So, should the Blue Jays re-sign or pass on Ray?

Verdict: Re-sign 

Ray is not a pitcher to talk about when it comes to consistency. Sometimes he’s on an absolute tear while other times he’s shaky.

When he’s on though, he can be one of the better pitchers in the major leagues. Ray is a strikeout artist who can rack up tons of missed bats. That does come with lots of walks and home runs given up though.

Despite this, the Jays should attempt to bring him back on a one year deal with a team option for a second. If he does well, the Jays would get a bargain and can bring him back for another year in hopes that he can continue doing well. If he struggles, they can let him go after one year and pursue other options.

Something like a one year deal for $6-8 million with the second year being for more as well as a buyout attached to the contract should work for both sides and potentially get Ray back in a Jays uniform.

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