The New York Mets should pursue Ryu Hyun-jin (36-Toronto Blue Jays) in free agency after the season.
US sports outlet Clutchpoint named Ryu alongside fellow left-hander Jordan Montgomery (Texas Rangers) as two free agents the Mets could pursue.바카라
The outlet concluded, “The Mets have plenty of young arms that will be tested throughout the 2024 season, but pitching remains a serious issue. It’s unlikely to be solved from within,” and “they can’t rely solely on Senga Godai and Jose Quintana to fill out the starting rotation,” looking at possible pitching additions.
Regarding Hyun-jin Ryu, the outlet wrote, “It may be realistic for the Mets to sign a veteran pitcher who can buy time while they search for a long-term starting rotation option. Hyun-Jin Ryu fits the bill on paper.
“Ryu is not a Hall of Famer, so his market value will be limited by his age at 36. However, he is a pillar of consistency that the Mets shouldn’t pass up,” emphasizing the need for a steady hand on an up-and-down team.
‘Since returning from Tommy John surgery, Hyun-jin Ryu has posted a 2.48 ERA and 2.13 WHIP in six starts. If the former All-Star and Cy Young runner-up holds up well the rest of the season, the Mets should make a move for him in the offseason.
“Some fans may not like the idea of a lefty-heavy starting rotation, but the reliability of Montgomery and Hyun-Jin Ryu could defy conventional wisdom. They don’t have to win the World Series, so it doesn’t hurt to try something different.
The Mets made a number of immediate additions in free agency last winter, including pitchers Justin Verlander, Senga Godai, Jose Quintana, Adam Ottavino, David Robertson, and catcher Omar Narvaez. Closer Edwin Diaz and center fielder Brandon Nimmo, who became free agents from within, were also re-signed with big money. With an increase of more than $70 million over the previous year, the team had the highest team payroll of all time (approximately $355 million to start the season) and a luxury lineup.
However, the team lost a number of key players to injury before the season, and the bats struggled amid a mound collapse. The World Series contenders slipped to fourth place in the National League East in June, and with the team out of contention for the fall, the team made a drastic change in direction. At the trade deadline in early August, they traded away their top two salaries, Verlander and Max Scherzer, to the Houston Astros and Texas, respectively.
The Mets have made it clear that next year will be about building a team, not winning right away. They are interested in Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes), but are unlikely to continue to make big investments in free agency. As a result, they need immediate power that can be utilized in the short-term, and Ryu has begun to be mentioned as a prime target. The Mets aren’t the only team that could be interested in the experienced pitcher.