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Cy Young winner Robbie Ray signs 5-year contract with Seattle Mariners

Ray is coming off the best season of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 13-7 with a 2.84 ERA and 248 strikeouts.
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FILE -Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. The Seattle Mariners are finalizing a contract with American League Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 on the condition of anonymity because Ray still must undergo a physical and the deal has not been signed. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

SEATTLE — AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray has signed a five-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, the team confirmed Tuesday evening. 

"I can't wait to get started here in Seattle," a prepared statement from Ray said. "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."

Ray is coming off the best season of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 13-7 with a 2.84 ERA and 248 strikeouts.

On Nov. 27, the Mariners acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres in exchange for two minor leaguers. The trade addresses one of Seattle’s biggest needs entering the offseason, finding a middle infielder to pair with shortstop J.P. Crawford. 

But Frazier’s versatility allows Seattle to still be aggressive with other possible moves should another middle infielder become available. 

San Diego acquired left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier in the deal. 

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FILE - San Diego Padres second baseman Adam Frazier field the ball during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, on Sept. 16, 2021. The Seattle Mariners acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres in exchange for two minor leaguers on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)