The Major League Baseball website was the first to mention Ryu Hyun-jin in an article titled “Five FA starters who can be quite a good reinforcement” on the 18th (Korea time).랭크카지노주소
Brent Maguire, the reporter who wrote the article, said, “Ryu’s heyday is definitely over. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2022 and missed most of 2015 and 2016 due to surgery on his left shoulder. The 37-year-old fastball speed of Ryu was only 88.4 miles last year,” while expressing a positive message, “Ryu has all the capabilities to make the 2024 season more luxurious if he is healthy.”
This means that Ryu Hyun-jin is still an FA starter in the market.
After receiving TJS in June 2022, Ryu returned to his team in August last year and pitched 52 innings in 11 games, recording three wins and three losses with an ERA of 3.46, 38 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.29. Watchers say that Ryu has made a successful comeback.
Even though it has been two months since the FA market opened, it is still hard to predict Ryu Hyun-jin’s future, but it is expected that the news of the contract will be delivered soon.
New York Post columnist John Hayman reported on the 19th that “the second-class starting market, such as James Paxton, Ryu Hyun-jin and Michael Lorenzen, will move actively over the next 7 to 10 days,” adding that teams such as the Pirates, Nationals, Red Sox, Orioles and Padres could flirt with these pitchers.
Ryu Hyun-jin, Paxton, and Lorenzen are veteran starters in their early to mid-30s. They have a common point that they are likely to sign a one-year contract and can get attention from clubs that need at least one pitcher with a lot of experience in starting rotation.
However, none of the clubs Hayman mentioned are Ryu’s original team, the Toronto Blue Jays. In other words, Ryu’s chances of re-signing with Toronto have become very slim.
The timing of his stay in Toronto is far past. Watchers say that Montgomery is highly likely to renew his contract with Texas Rangers, but this is possible because Montgomery is the top-class starter and Texas is the defending champion. It is quite different from Ryu’s.
Furthermore, as the news broke that Toronto agreed to a three-year, 32 million-dollar contract with right-hander Yariel Rodriguez from Cuba on the day, his separation from Ryu became a fait accompli. Rodriguez will likely officially announce his contract when he completes the process of issuing a U.S. visa and undergoes a medical examination.
Yariel Rodriguez, Cuban pitcher who agreed to a four-year contract with Toronto. AP Yonhap News
Toronto has solid first to fourth starters including Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, Chris Bassett and Yusei Kikuchi. The fifth starter is not a good choice. Alec Manoa is a strong candidate internally, but he suffered a slump last year and even suffered a shoulder injury. Ricky Tidman, a top prospect in his team, will start this season with Triple-A.
It can be seen that Rodriguez is given a chance to start five times.
MLB.com reported that the Blue Jays have many unknowns and will have to see what happens at Dunedin between February and March. Given that Toronto has few positions for the competition, Rodriguez will be among the final candidates for the must-see story in four weeks. In other words, Rodriguez is the leading candidate in the race for the fifth starting pitcher.
However, there are fast predictions that Toronto will bring in an ace pitcher. It is Snell. USA Today said on the 19th, “Most teams are waiting for Snell’s price to drop, but the Blue Jays are the most interested.”
The Toronto Blue Jays have prepared a massive investment this winter. For Shohei Ohtani, who signed a 10-year, 700 million-dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays reportedly made a final offer of 650 million dollars for a 10-year contract. In other words, the team has ample financial resources to recruit Snell. However, the team appears to be waiting for Snell to lower the requirements just like other teams.