“Toronto is my destiny” 82 billion pitcher to fill RYU’s position, bold ‘confidence to win’
There are several important criteria when the FA selects a team. Of course money comes first. After that, there are differences among players, but the basis for selection is the record of championships, the living environment of the hometown, and who the player will be as a teammate.
Unless you’re a superstar like Aaron Judge or Jacob deGrom, it’s not easy to get an offer from a club that meets all these criteria.
In this respect, Chris Bassett, who became a member of the Toronto Blue Jays this time, can be called a ‘lucky man’. Bassett signed a free agent contract with Toronto for 3 years and 63 million dollars (about 82 billion won). Considering his age, career, and skills, which will turn 34 next year, many say that Bassit was treated generously.
Bassett went 15-9 with the New York Mets this year, with a 3.42 ERA and 167 strikeouts. He pitched 181⅔ innings, the most since his major league debut in 2014, and set career highs in wins and strikeouts. Last year, he went 12-4 with the Oakland Athletics and posted an ERA of 3.15, but he is not a pitcher with rich experience and skills in that he has been active as a built-in starter since 2019, the year he turned 30. A total of 46 wins and 34 losses, an average ERA of 3.45.
The average annual salary of $21 million is second only to Kevin Gaussman ($22 million) among Toronto pitchers. It is more than Ryu Hyun-jin (20 million dollars), Jose Berrios 토토사이트 (18.7 million dollars), and Kikuchi Yusei (12 million dollars).
In a video interview conducted by Toronto officials on the 20th (Korean time), Bassitt said, “Toronto didn’t have to ask if I could go. It was a ‘if I’m talking to you, I want to be there’ kind of feeling. I’m in Toronto. I really wanted to come,” he said. “I know the players well, and I like the living environment. I love Toronto. And it’s only three and a half hours from my hometown, Ohio. He said he’d give me more money than I wanted. What more could I ask for? There was no,” he said.
It sounds like Toronto is a team of ‘destiny’. There are two key reasons for Bassett’s choice of Toronto.
One is because of his teammate ‘best friend’, infielder Matt Chapman. “I was under a lot of pressure to turn down the opportunity to play with Chapman again,” Bassett said. He spent four seasons with Chapman in Auckland from 2018 to 2021. It’s hard to think of a contract other than being teammates again.
Another reason is the strong starting lineup, he said, “That’s the biggest reason I came here . I wanted to be part of a team that I wanted to be with long enough to get to know each other deeply. We want to do our best to help each other and do something special at the end.” I’m talking about Toronto’s strong starting lineup. Gaussman and Berrios have contracts through 2026 and 2028, respectively, and young Alec Manoa is now Completed the first full-time season.
Bassett continued, “I came here to win the World Series. It’s simple. Toronto’s pitching staff, batting line, and defense are all great. I want to win the championship next year.”