Blue Jays: Memorable moments from the 2022 campaign
Blue Jays sign RHP Kevin Gausman to a 5-year Deal
After Marcus Semien signed a long-term deal with the Texas Rangers and the prognosis of Robbie Ray returning to the Jays looking slim, the Blue Jays front office went out and got their man in the form of Kevin Gausman, inking him to a five-year deal worth $110 million.
The Jays had been courting Gausman for quite some time, offering him a contract back in the 2020/2021 offseason before he signed the qualifying offer with the San Francisco Giants, putting forth a solid year before reaching free agency that saw him earn some NL Cy Young votes.
Kevin Gausman signs a five-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays
While the Jays had to pony up significantly more money this time around for his services, they did not have to surrender a draft pick considering he wasn’t tied to compensation this time around. He also produced a fantastic campaign for the Jays, posting a 3.35 ERA through 174.2 innings with a 10.6 K/9 and an AL-leading 2.38 FIP and a team-leading 5.7 fWAR.
Overall, the Gausman signing turned into a huge win for the Jays and the club got draft pick compensation for Ray when he signed with the Seattle Mariners.