Diamondbacks, Robbie Ray Hadn’t Been Discussing Extension
There received’t be any extension negotiations taking place anytime quickly across the baseball world, although even previous to the league shutdown, the Diamondbacks and left-hander Robbie Ray weren’t participating in any talks a few new deal, the Athletic’s Zach Buchanan (subscription required) reviews. Ray is scheduled to be a free agent within the 2020-21 offseason, and he’s nonetheless set to hit the open market even within the occasion that the 2020 season doesn’t occur, as per the current settlement between the league and the gamers’ union.
An extension between Ray and the D’Backs by no means appeared overly possible, because the southpaw has been a fixture in commerce rumors for over a yr. Moderately than be one of many outstanding Diamondbacks stars to go away city by way of commerce (i.e. Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke) in recent times, Ray now seems to comply with Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock on the listing of D’Backs who left in free company. Regardless of this turnover, nonetheless, GM Mike Hazen has transformed the Snakes right into a group that appears prefer it may compete for a postseason berth if the 2020 season occurs, particularly after a busy winter that noticed Arizona purchase Madison Bumgarner and Starling Marte.
Whereas final summer time’s Greinke commerce signifies that we are able to’t be completely certain that the D’Backs wouldn’t attempt to transfer Ray even when they continue to be in competition, Ray doesn’t have practically the payroll influence that Greinke’s contract carried. Ray prevented arbitration in his third and ultimate arb-eligible yr by agreeing to a $9.43MM for 2020, which means that he didn’t signify a lot of a monetary burden even earlier than the league shutdown, and Ray will now earn solely a prorated quantity of that $9.43MM determine based mostly on the variety of video games truly performed within the shortened schedule.
It’s a greater than cheap value to pay for a starter who has been sometimes spectacular however largely stable over the past 5 seasons. Since coming to Arizona as a part of the three-team commerce with the Tigers and Yankees that despatched Didi Gregorius to New York and Shane Greene to Detroit in December 2014, Ray has a 3.96 ERA, 11.Three Okay/9, and a pair of.77 Okay/BB price over 762 innings. Ray has battled some management and hard-contact points, and has persistently had difficultly protecting the ball within the park, although getting out of Chase Subject may assist tackle that latter drawback. The 28-year-old southpaw has allowed 58 homers in 349 2/Three innings at Chase Subject over his profession, and solely 52 residence runs in 441 innings elsewhere.
One other good season would have put Ray in line for a profitable multi-year deal in free company, and MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes had Ray ranked sixth within the first version of the 2020-21 free agent energy rankings (written in February). Projecting what Ray would possibly earn is now a lot tougher, in fact, given the overall uncertainty of what subsequent winter’s market may seem like within the aftermath of the abbreviated-or-canceled 2020 season.