Kevin Gausman signs five-year deal with Blue Jays: reports

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All-Star pitcher Kevin Gausman is reportedly in agreement on a multiyear contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB free agency.

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The deal, apparently reached on Sunday night, is for five years and $110 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The move further bolsters the Toronto Blue Jays in the competitive AL East, while the 108-win San Francisco Giants lose one of their best pitchers from the 2021 season.

The lucrative contract punctuates a remarkable career turnaround for the 30-year-old Gausman, who struggled to establish himself early on with the Baltimore Orioles.

But a midseason trade to the Braves in 2018 marked the start of better days. After a down 2019 with the Braves and Reds in 2019, Gausman broke out in the virus-shortened 2020 season, then followed it up with a 2.81 ERA in 192 innings in 2021. For his efforts, Gausman was recognized with his first All-Star nod and finished sixth in Cy Young Award voting.

Having accepted the Giants' qualifying offer last offseason, Gausman was ineligible for the QO this time around, so the signing won't cost the Blue Jays any compensatory draft picks.

In Toronto, Gausman joins Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jose Berrios, and Alek Manoah to form a formidable top-four in the Blue Jays' rotation. It was unclear whether the Gausman signing would affect the Jays' pursuit of reigning Cy Young winner Robbie Ray, who enjoyed a career year with Toronto in '21.

Gausman, who turns 31 in January, was drafted fourth overall out of LSU by the Orioles in 2012.

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