Free agent Ryu Hyun-jin has Pittsburgh’s attention
“RYU will get more than 5 billion if he doesn’t return to Korea” Free agent Ryu Hyun-jin has Pittsburgh’s attention
The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams keeping tabs on free agent Ryu Hyun-jin, 36. The Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League Central have missed the postseason for eight straight years, ending in 2015.
Rumbunter, who writes about the Pittsburgh Pirates on Fansided, recently discussed the need to bolster the team’s starting rotation and identified Ryu as a potential acquisition.
“Pittsburgh needs to add a veteran left-hander in the offseason,” Lumberger said. “Even if they bring in Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, they’ll only have three starters (Mitch Keller, Yohan Oviedo, and Yamamoto), leaving the other two spots to younger, 카지노사이트킴 less experienced arms. Instead, they’d be better off bringing in a starter in Hyun-jin Ryu to stabilize the lineup.”
Ryu is in the final year of a four-year, $80 million contract and has gone 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 starts this season. He didn’t return from elbow surgery last year until August, cruising through mid-September as a man of determination before suffering back-to-back bad outings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 24 (five runs in 4⅓ innings) and Oct. 1 (two runs in three innings). Ryu was dropped from the Wild Card Series roster, and his four-year run in Toronto came to an end as the team was swept by Minnesota in a two-game series.
Lumberjack gave Ryu high marks for his precise delivery. “After missing most of 2022 and 2023, Ryu returned in August of this year and pitched quite well. In 52 innings, he posted a 3.47 FIP, 4.91 ERA, and 1.29 WHIP, and while his 17% strikeout rate was a career low, his 6.3% walk rate and 45.6% ground ball rate were still not bad.”
However, he added, “It’s important to keep in mind that Ryu will be 37 next season. There’s a chance he could suffer a major injury. Even if he hasn’t been a hard-throwing pitcher in the past, his 88.6 mph (142 km/h) four-seam fastball velocity this year was the worst of his career,” pointing out the risks of the contract.
But the media concluded that Pittsburgh needed Ryu in its starting rotation. His age-appropriate veteran pitching and relatively low contract were cited as selling points.
“If general manager Ben Charrington doesn’t sign a veteran left-handed starter with a soft delivery, what will their offseason look like?” asked Lumberjack, “Ryu is expected to follow in the footsteps of past Pittsburgh left-handed veterans like Tyler Anderson, Jose Quintana and Rich Hill. Their average salary was $4.2 million. Ryu is a pitcher in his late 30s who was once one of the best starters in baseball but has had a disappointing three seasons. If he does not return to South Korea, he will likely sign a contract in the $4 million to $5 million range.”