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AP Source: Blue Jays improve rotation, sign Bassitt

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2022, file photo, New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Bassitt throws in a game against the San Diego Padres.  On Monday, December 12, 2022, Bassitt signs with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2022, file photo, New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Bassitt throws in a game against the San Diego Padres. On Monday, December 12, 2022, Bassitt signs with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The Toronto Blue Jays upgraded their rotation Monday after agreeing to sign Chris Bassitt to a three-year, $63 million deal.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirms the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the physical is pending.

Toronto is coming off its second playoff appearance in three years, but hasn’t won a postseason series since advancing to the ALCS in 2016. It lost the wild-card series sweep in 2020 and again this year. year.

Bassitt joins the rotation led by Alek Manoah and Kevin Gausman. The Blue Jays also have José Berríos and Yusei Kikuchi, plus Hyun Jin Ryu could return at some point in 2023 after missing part of this season with an elbow injury.

Bassitt, 33, became a free agent after declining his $19 million option with the Mets and followed teammates Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker into free agency.

Bassitt finished 15-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 30 starts after the Mets acquired the right-hander in a trade with Oakland at the end of the lockout. He set career highs in wins, starts, innings (181 2/3) and strikeouts (167).

He was selected in the 16th round of the 2011 amateur draft from the University of Akron by the Chicago White Sox. He made his major league debut in 2014 and was traded to Oakland in December of that year.

Bassitt came to prominence in his final three years with the A’s, going 27-11, 3.26 ERA in 66 games, 63 starts.

The Toledo, Ohio native is 46-34 with a 3.45 ERA in 136 games over eight seasons. He was selected to the All-Star Game in 2021.

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