Mariners’ 5-year deal with Cy Young winner Robbie Ray made official

Nov 30, 2021, 9:23 PM | Updated: 9:40 pm
Mariners Robbie Ray...
Robbie Ray signed a five-year contract with Seattle. (Photo provided by Seattle Mariners)
(Photo provided by Seattle Mariners)

The Seattle Mariners now officially feature the 2021 American League Cy Young Award winner, Robbie Ray, atop their starting rotation.

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The Mariners announced a five-year contract with the 30-year-old left-hander Tuesday night. News of the signing was first reported Monday afternoon.

Per multiple MLB reporters, Ray’s deal is worth $115 million for an annual average salary of $23 million and comes with an opt-out clause after three seasons for Ray.

Ray will join 710 ESPN Seattle’s The Mike Salk Show live at 8 a.m. Wednesday to discuss joining the Mariners. That will be followed at 8:30 a.m. with a special Wednesday edition of the weekly Jerry Dipoto Show with the Mariners’ general manager and president of baseball operations.

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The Mariners will hold an introductory press conference at T-Mobile Park at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with Ray and Dipoto available for comment.

For more on Ray and his signing with Seattle, read this story here. Below are statements from the Mariners’ press release (read in full here) announcing the addition of Ray.

Pitcher Robbie Ray

“I can’t wait to get started here in Seattle. I’m here to win. There’s something special going on here with the team coming off a 90-win season, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ve already had a chance to speak with some of the guys, and we all want to be a part of the team that brings a championship to this city. Seeing the stadium packed at the end of the season last year, and the support of this fanbase, I could not be more excited to be a Seattle Mariner.”

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto

“Adding our league’s reigning Cy Young award winner is exciting. He’s a high character person, as well as one of the preeminent strikeout pitchers in the game. Robbie brings real presence to the front of our rotation.”

Mariners manager Scott Servais

“Robbie pitched against us twice last season. He has that dominating mound presence, paired with the kind of electric stuff you would expect from a Cy Young winner. You can feel it from the dugout. He really controls the game when he’s on the mound. His intensity is a great fit for our pitching staff and our ballclub as a whole.”

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