The Blue Jays have made another addition to their pitching staff.
A few days after acquiring Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners, the Jays have added lefty Robert Ray from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Heading back to Arizona will be Travis Bergen.
#BlueJays acquiring righty Robbie Ray from #Diamondbacks per source. @longleysunsport first
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Ray has had, uh, a rough season to say the least. Through seven starts, he’s posted a 7.84 ERA due largely to totally losing control of his pitches. Ray is walking 9.0 batters per nine, though his 12.5 strikeouts per nine is something positive.
Back in 2017, Ray enjoyed a breakout season and earned himself a nod to the National League All-Star team. His 2018 and 2019 seasons were somewhat injury-riddled, but Ray still managed to produce a solid 4.17 ERA across 298 innings those two seasons.
This obviously isn’t the top-of-the-rotation Mike Clevenger or Lance Lynn addition we might have been looking for, but Ray has great stuff and is worth a risk as a bounce-back candidate. They didn’t give up much in return, either, so that’s a plus.
Basically, the difference between Ray and Bergen is that the former is stretched …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation