With Hyun-jin Ryu (36, Toronto Blue Jays) set to become a free agent at the end of this season, the name of the starting rotation that Toronto needs to fill is being mentioned.
The Jays Journal published an article on Tuesday titled “4 Positions Toronto Should Invest in in Free Agency.” One of those positions is starting pitching.
One of those positions is starting pitching. Of the Toronto starters, Hyun-jin Ryu is eligible for free agency after this season.
It’s hard to believe he’s coming off a year of elbow surgery, but Hyun-jin Ryu has been incredible this season. In seven starts, he is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 34 innings pitched. His strikeout rate ranks near the bottom of the majors, but he’s been able to keep the ball in play with a WHIP of 1.06.
His four-year contract with Toronto ends after this year. With Toronto’s chances of making the postseason looking increasingly unlikely, Ryu and the Jays have about a month to go together.
As a result, reports in the United States have been speculating on the size of Ryu’s contract.
MLB.com believes that Ryu could sign a multi-year deal if he continues his current form. Sportsnet is also predicting that Ryu could sign a one- to two-year deal with Toronto.
The jury is still out on Ryu’s future. Toronto should be prepared.
“With Ryu potentially leaving Toronto in the upcoming offseason and Alec Manoa’s situation ambiguous, Toronto needs to find a solid replacement to fill the void,” the outlet noted.
The first player mentioned was Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels).
“Without a doubt, the absolute No. 1 option is Ohtani. However, his current elbow issues, coupled with an unknown healing situation, could impact his ability to pitch next season and beyond. In addition, his projected contract would likely deplete all of Toronto’s resources in one fell swoop, leaving them unable to address needs at other positions.”온라인바카
Blake Snell, Clayton Kershaw, Aaron Nola, Lucas Giolito, and Marcus Stroman were among the names listed.
“Clearly, Toronto has some interesting options. But they’ll have to make sure they get what they pay for.”