Ross Stripling has made the qualifying offer a no-brainer. What about a multi-year deal?

Ross Stripling has been the ultimate glue guy for the Blue Jays since landing in Toronto during the pandemic-shortened season. He’s filled any role that either the front office or managerial staff have asked of him, and he’s done it well too. Now, it’s time for him to get paid.

Ross Stripling has been unbelievable in 2022. He has an ERA better than Kevin Gausman, and a FIP better than Alek Manoah. You might not like to hear it, but you can easily argue that Stripling has been more valuable to the Blue Jays than either of those guys. Not only that, but you can argue that his success is even more sustainable than guys like Manoah. Strip is posting better K-BB ratios than Manoah, with better groundball rates as well. Both are huge indicators of future success, and Stripling checks those boxes. Not only that, but Ross has gotten stronger as the season’s gone on, as his 20 game rolling FIP has been dropping basically since May.

He excels at keeping hitters off balance, which he does with a 5 pitch mix. Ultimately, the four-seam fastball’s still the pitch of choice, but the changeup and slider are still used quite heavily. The curve and sinker take a backseat, but the sinker especially is a good pitch. In the past, we’ve briefly discussed tunnelling. Curveballs tend to tunnel best with cutters, they don’t manage to draw whiffs otherwise, and that’s certainly true of Stripling’s curve.

As a matter of fact, the year that Stripling’s curveball generated the most whiffs was in 2018, when it was actually his best swing and miss pitch (35.9%). That was also the year in which he actually did use a cutter, just under 3% of the time. Interestingly enough, it was also the best year for his curveball in terms of chase rate, at 35.1%. It’s never even been higher than 30% s …

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Author: Tate Kispech / Blue Jays Nation

How much is Ross Stripling going to make on his next contract?

Ross Stripling has been one of the most pleasant surprises on the Toronto Blue Jays this year.

Given the way he’s pitching, Stripling is going to earn himself a nice contract as he’s set to reach free agency for the first time in his career this winter. How much is he going to earn? And should the Blue Jays be the team to pay him?
Digging into Ross Stripling’s success in 2022…
At the beginning of the season, the team designated Stripling as the long man out of the bullpen. His role was going to be to make multi-inning appearances and also make spot starts when the rotation needed to be spaced out.
But the plan changed as Hyun Jin Ryu went down with forearm soreness. Stripling was thrown into Ryu’s spot in the rotation and that spot became permanent after Ryu underwent season-ending surgery on his elbow.
Stripling has fared better than anybody could have expected. Through 27 appearances, 19 of which were strikes, Stripling has posted a 3.03 ERA and his 3.04 FIP indicates it hasn’t been a mirage. He’s sitting at 107 innings pitched on the year, quickly approaching his career mark of 122 IP that he threw back in 2018 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Stripling is a pitcher who will pick his spots in …

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Author: Ryan Snodgrass / Blue Jays Nation

What could the Jays do with Ross Stripling?

Ross Stripling is in his final year of his contract. What should the Jays do with him? It’s a brand new series!

Sometimes, contenders will trade their main roster players. It sounds weird, but this literally happened in 2020, when the Dodgers traded the Jays Ross Stripling for two prospects.
I’m split on what the Jays should do with the 32-year-old. One half believes the Jays should do everything to re-sign him. The other half of me thinks they should trade him to a contender for a haul of prospects.
Let’s be real, the Jays making the playoffs is not even close to being guaranteed. While they currently sit two games above the next team for the final wildcard spot, there have been signs that point to the team needing a lot of work.
Despite having “one of the best offenses”, when it goes cold, it’s enough to give you frostbite. Whether it be with the approaches at the plate, incredibly streaky hitters, or too many right handed bats in the lineup, if their bats go cold in the playoffs, they’re done.
Surprisingly, starting pitching has been fine, aside from Jose Berrios and Yusei Kikuchi starts. Berrios has been the better of the two (regardless of ERA), and he’s had some fantastic games. Kikuchi, on the other hand, should be a relief pitcher, as he gets a lot of swings and misses.
Which leads me to my next point – the bullpen. Aside from players who’ve pitched under 10 innings, it really hasn …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation