The Toronto Blue Jays made waves during the offseason when they signed 2021 All-Star Kevin Gausman to a 5-year, $110 million dollar deal.

However, the MLB community did not know what to expect from the right-hander. Sure, Gausman finished 2021 with an impressive 2.81 ERA and 1.04 WHIP to go along with 227 strikeouts. But he also posted a much better first half than second half of the season.

Nonetheless, Gausman’s overall strong performance landed him the massive contract in Toronto. And through the first month and a half of the 2022 MLB season, it is safe to say that the deal has worked out well for both sides.

Today, we are talking about the 2 main reasons why the Blue Jays signing Kevin Gausman was the most valuable move of the offseason.

 

Rotation Stability Amid Jose Berrios Struggles

The Blue Jays expected Jose Berrios to be the star of the rotation after acquiring him from the Twins last year. Berrios had always displayed signs of starlike potential but never could find consistency as an ace.

Berrios currently owns an ERA of well over 4 and has an unsettling WHIP of 1.44. Batters are hitting over .280 off of him. He has not lived up to his ace billing so far in 2022.

But Kevin Gausman has fulfilled that role. As of this story’s publication, Gausman owns a 2.25 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He has struck out 65 batters and walked only 5 all season. That is truly remarkable.