“Hyun-jin Ryu could be an option for us.”
Add the Toronto Blue Jays to the list of destinations for Ryu Hyun-jin Ryu, 36, a free agent. General manager Ross Atkins told Canada’s Sportsnet and other outlets on Aug. 8 that the team is considering re-signing its internal free agents. In addition to Hyun-jin Ryu, Toronto has Matt Chapman, Brandon Belt, Kevin Kiermaier, Jordan Hicks, and Whit Merrifield (if he doesn’t exercise his option) on the free agent market.
If Toronto loses any of these players, they’ll have to start looking for replacements. One way or another, they’re going to have to dive into free agency. However, Atkins has left open the possibility of re-signing them. The media has been reporting with the nuance that Ryu was parting ways with Toronto after being left off the roster for the Wild Card Series.
Ryu signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto in December 2019. Four years later, he’s in his late 30s and has had one more Tommy John surgery. His weaknesses in durability and velocity are clear. He’s had more ups and downs than he did in 2018 and 2020.
However, Ryu’s command is still among the best in the league, and his game management skills are good enough to keep him in the majors on a one- or two-year deal. In free agency, there is always a demand for four or five starters. The San Diego Padres have already been rumored to sign him to a one-year, $8 million deal.
In this situation, Atkins singled out Ryu. “We’re going to look at opportunities to try to fill holes from the inside and outside,” he told Sportsnet. If Ryu comes back, it’s more of a negative than if somebody else comes back, but if Alec Manoa struggles again, Ryu could be our fallback.”토토사이트
Aces Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, Chris Bassitt, and Yusei Kikuchi will continue to be the 1-4 starters next year. There’s no guarantee that Alex Manoa, who struggled mightily this season, will bounce back next year. That means the Blue Jays could consider signing Hyun-jin Ryu as a fifth starter.
This is a good thing for Ryu. Market logic dictates that the more demand a player has, the more likely he is to get a good deal. In any case, Ryu is not a major free agent, so it will take time for him to sign. In the meantime, he’ll have to play it cool and wait for clubs to contact him. If Toronto actually offers him a contract, there’s no reason to rush into action.