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Blue Jays sign Kevin Gausman

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While the Jays may be Semien-less going forward, they have added another starting pitcher to their rotation:

Kevin Gausman, 30, is one of the best free agent pitchers available this offseason, so this is a huge signing for the Jays. Their rotation for 2022 will now at the very least be, to say nothing of Nate Pearson:

  • Berríos
  • Ryu
  • Manoah
  • Gausman
  • Stripling

This seems good:

Gausman, formerly of division rival the Orioles, had a career year with the Giants in 2021. He put up 5.2 bWAR, was an All Star, finished 6th in Cy Young voting and 21st in MVP votes. He had a sparkling 2.81 ERA over 192.0 innings, and made 33 starts. He struck out over 10 batters per nine innings, and kept the ball in the (to be fair, giant) park - giving up only 1 home run per nine innings. Some regression is likely as Gausman moves into a more hitter friendly park in the Rogers Center, but there’s plenty of reasons to happy with this addition.

Gausman mainly uses a fastball and a splitter, and will occasionally throw in a slider or a changeup.

Kevin Gausman - courtesy of Baseball Savant

It also sounds like Gausman is a generally great human being, something the front office has been placing a lot of importance on:

This (likely) takes the Jays out of the running to re-sign Ray. But, this is a very exciting addition. What a way to start a week.

Now to start brainstorming nicknames for our newest Jay.

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How do you feel about this signing of Gausman for 5 years, $110M?

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  • 28%
    Elated
    (475 votes)
  • 48%
    Pretty happy
    (814 votes)
  • 17%
    I like it
    (297 votes)
  • 3%
    Meh
    (67 votes)
  • 1%
    Don’t like it
    (24 votes)
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