The signing represents the end of a fairly long courtship, as the Blue Jays’ interest in Gausman dates back at least to the 2019-20 offseason, when the right-hander was emerging from a difficult season between the Braves and the Reds. After being rejected by Cincinnati, Gausman opted instead to sign with the Giants on a one-year, $ 9 million contract, and after a very successful 2020 season, he opted to accept the Giants’ qualifying offer. of $ 18.9 million to return to San Francisco. . The Jays were one of the teams that kicked off a Gausman-style multi-year bid, but he turned down the Jays’ three-year offer in the $ 40million range in an attempt to further bolster his value with another solid year with the Giants.
In two years in San Francisco, Gausman not only rebounded from his tough 2019 numbers, but reached a new plateau of success. Gausman has posted a 3.00 / 3.38 SIERA ERA during his 251 2/3 innings as a Giant, with an excellent strikeout rate of 30% and a walk rate of 6.5% clearly above average.
While Gausman pitched more than 59 2/3 innings in the shortened 2020 season, he duplicated his performance over a full year in 2021, throwing 192 executives and finishing sixth in the NL Cy Young Award vote. One notable wrinkle between the two years was that Gausman increased the use of his split-finger fastball to a career high 36.6% in 2021, and Gausman’s divider became one of the most devastating pitches of any baseball arsenal.
The 192 innings marked a new career high for Gausman, even though he was a solid workhorse averaging 183 IPs per year from 2016 to 2018 with the Orioles and Braves. It should be noted that Gausman was much better in the first half (1.73 ERA in 114 2/3 IP) than he was after the All-Star break (4.42 ERA out of 77 1 / 3 PI) last year, but some regression might have been inevitable given the glaring number of 1.73. Gausman also suffered from hip pain for much of the year, and it could be that he just started to wear out like many newbies did while still getting back to a regular workload after the season. 2020 shorter.
The Blue Jays watched Gausman a lot during his Orioles days, but while Gausman was a decent but unspectacular member of the Baltimore rotation, he is now expected to replicate his top-tier 2020-21 numbers. Toronto has been focused on the pitching market for much of the winter, and during Gausman’s landing, it’s possible the club will now have their replacement for Robbie Ray, if Ray signs elsewhere in free agency.
MLBTR ranked Gausman fifth on our Winter 50 Best Free Agent list, and his contract falls a little short of our projection of $ 138 million over six years. However, it looks like Gausman left money on the table to join the Blue Jays, like SNY’s Andy Martino. tweets that the Mets offered Gausman a bigger deal than Toronto’s for five years and $ 110 million. The Giants were also known to make a solid effort to retain Gausman, while the Angels, Mariners and Red Sox all had some interest. Julian McWilliams du Boston Globe reports that the Sox did not offer ” something realTo Gausman during their negotiations.
Gausman (who turns 31 in January) joins Jose Berrios, Hyun Jin Ryu and Alek Manoah as four locks in the Jays’ rotation, with former top prospect Nate Pearson favored for fifth, and Ross Stripling and Anthony Kay on the spot if Pearson struggles or experiences more injury issues.