Ray is another pitcher where it’s surprising the Cardinals were not connected. For his career he is a 39.5% ground ball inducing pitcher. Instead, Ray signed with the Seattle Mariners on a five-year deal worth $115 million. He can opt-out after the 2024 season.
After three games, Ray is 2-1 in 19.1 innings. While he has struck out 13, he has been rocked with 17 hits, nine earned runs, four home runs and seven walks. He has also hit a batter with a pitch and threw a wild pitch.
The Cardinals would have been an interesting fit for Ray. The 30-year old pitcher having a Gold Glove defense behind him could have been great for him. This deal was quite possibly Ray’s last big contract. The Mariners have a good, young team so it will be interesting to see how they develop this season.
It will be interesting to see how he does over the next couple of seasons and see what he decides after the 2024 season.