Right-hander Kevin Gausman and the Toronto Blue Jays agree to a five-year, $ 110 million deal, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan Sunday night.
Gausman was a reliable starter early in his career, posting a 4.22 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 3.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while averaging 146 innings per season for the Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. from 2014 to 2019.
But his career really took off when he joined the San Francisco Giants, who helped him fine-tune his divider to form a devastating combination with his four-seam fastball.
Gausman, originally obtained on a one-year, $ 9 million deal, posted a 3.62 ERA with 79 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 59⅔ innings during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.
The 30-year-old returned to the Giants after accepting the ranked offer and was even better in 2021, combining a 2.81 ERA with 227 strikeouts and just 50 walks in 192 innings while anchoring the starting rotation for a team that set the record for the season. franchise with 107 wins.
He was selected to his first All-Star Game, then finished sixth in the National League Cy Young Award voting and became one of the most coveted free agents on the market.
Gausman could help fill a new hole in the Blue Jays’ rotation. Last week, Toronto lost starting pitcher Steven Matz, who posted a 14-7 record with a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts last season. The veteran agreed to a four-year, $ 44 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
ESPN writer Alden González contributed to this report.