Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jose Berríos gets contract extension

Rajai Davis hit a game-tying two-run home run to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night. But once again, one of the biggest headlines from the game was Jose Berríos’s starting job for the Blue Jays.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday night that Berríos was poised to replace Marco Estrada in the starting rotation, replacing the left-hander in Toronto’s rotation after he received a contract extension. But the Toronto team issued a news release announcing a seven-year contract extension with the 28-year-old starting pitcher.

“The Jays organization has been extremely fortunate to have a solid pitching rotation since the days of Roy Halladay, and I want to extend my commitment to help build upon this reputation,” Berríos said in a statement released by the club. “We have a lot of players in our organization who have earned their spot on this roster, and I am extremely appreciative of the trust we have in me to lead the rotation during the 2019 season.

“I take great pride in that fact and I want to use this opportunity to lead by example during each and every start this season. Every time I step into the game, I want to give it my all and bring it to the next level every single time.”

The Jays finished with a 52-43 record in 2018, the second-highest mark among AL East teams behind the Boston Red Sox.

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