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Blue Jays Sign José Berríos to a 7-Year Contract Extension

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One thing I like about running a baseball blog is that there is never news before 8:00 Mountain Time. I never have to get out of bed in rush to write about some news. I can get up slowly, get the morning things done and then look at the site.

Anyway, the Blue Jays have signed José Berríos to a seven-year contract extension. Berríos came to us at the trade deadline for Austin Martin and Simeon Woods Richardson. It seemed like a high price for a guy who would be a free agent after the 2022 season. Well, now he won’t be a free agent.

Apparently, José will get $131 million for the next seven seasons. It seems like a reasonable amount of money.

Berríos had a 5-5 record and 3.58 ERA in 12 starts for the Blue Jays after the trade. Career he is 60-47, with a 4.04 ERA. Next year will be his age 28 season.


Update:

Apparently, there is a player opt-out after the fifth year of the contract. Player opt-outs aren’t my favourite thing, but we are sure to have him for five years. There are also escalators and limited no-trade protection that are part of the deal.

In other news, Noah Syndergaard has signed a one-year deal with the Angels for $21 million. I hope he can have an injury-free season.