Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios (17) throws against the New York Yankees during first inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on September 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios (17) throws against the New York Yankees during first inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on September 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Blue Jays sign right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios to seven-year, $131-million deal

Extension provides some long-term stability

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios to a US$131-million, seven-year contract.

The Blue Jays made the deal official today after it was widely reported Tuesday that the two sides had come to an agreement.

Berrios, who was set to become a free agent after the 2022 season, was acquired in late July from the Minnesota Twins.

Berrios was effective and reliable over 12 starts with Toronto, posting a 5-4 record and 3.58 earned-run average.

The extension provides some long-term stability for a rotation that could look significantly different next season.

American League Cy Young winner Robbie Ray is a free agent, as is veteran Steven Matz.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2021.

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