There are a number of teams interested in Ryu Hyun-jin, 37, who remains on the free agent market, but no signings have been made so far.
Ryu is a veteran left-handed starting pitcher with a career record of 78-48 with a 3.27 ERA in 186 games (1055⅓ innings) in the major leagues. He signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers in December 2012, and over seven years with the Dodgers, he went 54-33 with a 2.98 ERA in 126 games (740⅓ innings). He was particularly strong in 2019, the year before free agency, going 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA in 29 games (182⅔ innings) and finishing second in National League Cy Young Award voting.
After signing a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto in his first free agency, Ryu went 24-15 with a 3.97 ERA in 60 games (315 innings) over four years. He underwent Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament splicing) in 2022, but made a successful comeback last year, going 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 games (52 innings). After the season, 안전놀이터 he became eligible for free agency for the second time.
As a proven veteran starter, Ryu is an attractive option in free agency.
He is a proven veteran starter and an attractive option for many teams looking to bolster their starting staff. Fan Nation listed St. Louis, Baltimore, Boston, and San Diego as possible suitors for Ryu. Bleacher Report said San Francisco would be a good fit.
The Cardinals added a number of veteran starters this winter, including Sonny Gray (three years, $75 million), Lance Lynn (one year, $11 million), and Kyle Gibson (one year, $13 million) to bolster their starting rotation. However, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said he was pleased with their starting rotation and could make additional additions if the right opportunity arose. “If the Cardinals do make an addition, it could be to sign Hyun-jin Ryu,” Fan Nation predicted.
San Diego is also in need of a left-handed starter.
They don’t have a single lefty in their starting rotation. “If the Padres aren’t done signing pitching, there are some good starting pitchers on the market. The Dodgers have reportedly shown interest in right-hander Michael Lorenzen, who might be the best pitcher on the market. Veteran starters Ryu Hyun-jin and Zack Greinke could also be solid options at any time.”
Baltimore, which acquired 2021 National League Cy Young Award-winning ace Corbin Burns in a trade with Milwaukee, is also targeting Hyun-jin Ryu. “Baltimore has never shown a willingness to spend a lot of money,” said Fan Nation. As expected, the Orioles have used their wealth of prospects to find trade partners. However, they also need to bolster their bottom of the rotation and could use a proven pitcher. One of the pitchers linked to Baltimore is Hyun-jin Ryu, who finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting.”
The Red Sox could pivot to Ryu after losing left-handed fireballer James Paxton (one year, $11 million) to the Dodgers. “Boston is concerned about keeping the payroll below the luxury tax threshold,” Fan Nation noted. If that’s the case, they could look to Hyun-jin Ryu, who has been the best performer in the market for mid-level starters.”
Looking at the free agents who have yet to sign,
Bleacher Report identified San Francisco as a likely destination for Hyun-jin Ryu. The Giants signed Lee to a six-year, $113 million contract this winter. “Ryu has proven that he’s still got it after returning from Tommy John surgery,” the publication wrote, “and could be a great alternative in the starting rotation until San Francisco’s newly acquired Robbie Ray returns.”
Ryu is still on the market, despite the fact that Major League Spring Training is just around the corner. There is even talk of a possible return to his hometown team, Hanwha. The long game is the long game of Ryu’s agent, Scott Boras. Known as a super-agent, 파워볼실시간 Boras is notoriously unwilling to wait until just before the start of the season to get the deal he wants. Two other free agents, Blake Snell and Cody Bellinger, also represented by Boras, have yet to find a team. Fans will be watching with interest to see if Hyun-jin Ryu can find a team before the season starts.