The Blue Jays have agreed to a seven-year contract extension with Puerto Rican right-hander José Berríos, a source told MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi. The agreement would be completed pending a physical examination and would be worth US $ 131 million.
Berríos, 27, was scheduled to go into free agency after the 2022 season. Now it looks like the right-hander will continue in Toronto for the long haul, after being acquired by the Blue Jays from the Twins in a trade on July 30.
After joining the Canadian team, Berríos posted a 3.85 ERA in 12 starts. In general, the Puerto Rican finished 2021 with a record of 12-9, an ERA of 3.52 and an ERA + of 122 in 32 starts, reaching personal highs in strikeouts (204) and strikeouts for each base on balls (4.5). In a total of 192 innings pitched, he faced the most batters in the American League, 781.
Since 2017, the Bayamón native has made 133 starts, including 32 in each of the last three full major league seasons (excluding 2020). In that stretch, his EFE + has been 117, that is, 17 above the average. (MLB in Spanish)