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After winning the 2021 American League Cy Young Award, former Brentwood High pitcher Robbie Ray not only has a new MLB home but he's also signing a top-dollar free agent contract to go along with it.

Ray cashed in with the Seattle Mariners on a five-year contract Monday worth $115 million. The deal comes with an opt-out after the third year. This comes just three weeks after Ray reportedly turned down a one-year, $18.4 million deal from Toronto. He played the 2020 season on a one-year, $8 million contract.

Seattle reportedly jumped ahead of the Los Angeles Angels and scooped up the resurgent left-handed pitcher. 

Ray won the AL Cy Young in mid-November in a near-unanimous decision, taking 29 of 30 first-place votes, and becoming just the fourth Blue Jays pitcher to ever win the award.

After being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays from the Arizona Diamondbacks in August 2020, Ray transformed himself into a bona fide ace for the Blue Jays. 

In 2021, Ray went 13-7 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 248 strikeouts in 193.1 innings. He set new career bests in ERA, strikeouts, WHIP and innings pitched, and his 13 wins are the second-best of his career.

He got his start with the Washington Nationals after the team drafted him in the 12th round of the 2010 draft before being traded to the Detroit Tigers. His longest stint was in Arizona from 2015-20.

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