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Kevin Gausman agrees to five-year contract with Blue Jays

Kevin Gausman on the field

The Toronto Blue Jays acted quickly to ensure that their rotation would stay strong for the 2022 season.

According to multiple reports, the Blue Jays agreed to a five-year contract with starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. The deal is worth $110 million, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Blue Jays were almost certain to address their pitching in some way. Last season, they were paced by AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray. They run the risk of losing him, however, as he is an in-demand free agent.

Gausman makes sense for Toronto after reviving his career with the San Francisco Giants. The 30-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, posting a 2.81 ERA in 33 starts. There’s always risk in paying a guy coming off a career year, but Gausman had pitched well in spurts before 2021 as well.

One thing to watch is the fact that Gausman is primarily a ground ball pitcher. That is something the Jays may have to consider after losing a key part of their infield earlier Sunday.

Photo: Aug 21, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) stands on the field before the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports