Jay’s extend Berrios

The Blue Jay’s have their ace for the long hail as they extend Jose Berrios to the tune of $131 million over seven years. The righty was acquired from the Twins via trade at the 2021 deadline and was set to hit the open market after the 2022 season. Toronto has avoided arbitration and signaled they are here to stay as perennial contenders.

When they traded for Berrios, the Blue Jay’s sent the Twins two of their biggest name prospects – Austin Martin and Simeon Woods Richardson. Martin in particular is one of the top-25 best rated prospects in the game according to multiple rankings including Baseball America.

Berrios will spent through his age 32 season with the club after spending the entire start to his career with the Twins’ organization. Drafted in 2012 at 18 and making his break through in 2017, he logged a respectable 3.74 ERA over his first five years at the MLB level (2017-2021) but really came into his own last season. In 2021 he compiled 192 IP with a 1.06 WHIP, striking out 204 against only 45 walks.

The signing will slot nicely into the 2022 starting pitching rotation. The Jay’s now have Berrios (2028), Hyun Jin Ryu (2022), Alek Manoah (pre-arbitration), Ross Stripling (third-year arbitration) and Thomas Hatch (pre-arbitration) locked up with Robbie Ray and Steven Matz as free agents to make decisions on.

Of note for the rest of the league is how this will push the current market on starting pitchers. Particularly in a year slim of arms.

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