MLB Free Agency: Ryu is Quickly Gathering Interest
The Dodgers have had another disappointing end to their season in October. However, an impressive regular season campaign has showcased some amazing pitching. Dodgers fans can thank Hyun-Jin Ryu for exactly that. Despite his injury-prone career, teams will still be looking to make him a priority.
Of course, it depends on which teams your talking about. For some, there are bigger fish in the sea to cast for. However, Ryu could always be around if you happen to be one of the teams that didn’t land a big fish. For others who don’t have that kind of tackle, Ryu is a cheaper option with high output expected of him.
Team in Need: Toronto Blue Jays
There are countless reasons why this makes so much sense for Toronto. The biggest no doubt is being able to push the team to the contention level. The Blue Jays have established a great young core with Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio. Wouldn’t it be nice to have these youngsters in some postseason baseball?
Toronto just moved former Blue Jay Marcus Stroman to the Mets last season. Now with the hole in the rotation, Ryu makes perfect sense. With a rather young rotation, Toronto will surely be looking to add a veteran arm. Ryu finished second in the NL Cy Young voting and could offer tremendous experience for the young guns.
Now for the stats, Ryu finished the season with a 2.32 ERA with 163 strikeouts, while going 14-5. As long as Ryu can stay healthy, his talent will shine wherever he ends up. And the Blue Jays may just be the number one option.
Improving in the Playoffs: Minnesota Twins
The Twins had an impressive showing in the regular season but got sent home early at the hands of the Yankees. Minnesota is another team that’s keeping their eyes peeled for quality starters. The one factor they want, however, is keeping them relevant deep into October.
Ryu’s postseason numbers aren’t the best compared to others on the market, but he serves as a slightly cheaper option. The Twins throughout the years have always seemed to keep a tight hand on their spending. Making this choice a rather simple one, fans would think. Yes, the stats aren’t of MadBum’s in postseason baseball, however, Ryu has certainly been the better pitcher in the past few seasons.
Minnesota finished the season with one of the best offenses in all of baseball. Their pitching staff could use a clear ace to further them along. Giving the contract situation with Ryu, the Twins rank high on the prediction list. The Dodgers starter is projected to land a deal well inside the price range of Minnesota for three years. Very reasonable and all but done for the Twins if you ask me.
Keeping Up in the Race: Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks were a surprise team last year. Of course, there wasn’t a playoff berth or anything of that matter, but still, Arizona showed tremendous promise. The young core is also starting to shine down in the desert. Unfortunately for the D-Backs, the race has gotten tougher.
The NL West division is regarded as one of the toughest in baseball, with teams like the powerhouse Dodgers and the rising Padres. This alone is enough of a reason for the Diamondbacks to pursue Ryu for a clear cut starter. Arizona’s rotation is compiled of mostly younger guys whose numbers are solid but could definitely use work.
Ryu is someone who could contribute right away and keep the D backs right up there at the top. This deal could fall through with the idea of inconsistency. With questions arising like, what if the offense can’t post these numbers again? Nevertheless, a team could no doubt benefit from the veteran’s experience and talent.
Fall Back Option: New York Yankees
Hailing from the Big Apple, the Yankees are hungry to get past the conference. With a market like New York, they definitely have the money that can help. With stars such as Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres, the focus is squarely on pitching. The bullpen has held up pretty well for the Yankees, leaving them to spend heavily on starters this offseason.
With money to turn loose, the Yankees will be in hot pursuit for the big fish on the market, such as Gerrit Cole. With that being said, the Yankees have failed before on getting these top guys. I’m here to say, fear not young Yankees.
The Yankees are hoping to strike some consistency with their pitcher they sign this offseason. If healthy, the perfect guy is Ryu, as he carries a friendly price tag. The market may go quick for Ryu though considering him gathering interest from teams. And with the possibility of a slow market as you wait for Cole and Strasburg, Ryu could get signed before either of the two make a deal.
Returning to Big Blue: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are looking for another division-winning season next year. With Clayton Kershaw slipping farther from his prime, the Dodgers would love Ryu back.
Again with the market of these big cities, the Dodgers are another possibility for landing big names. Leaving Ryu to be a fallback option for LA as well. The Dodgers are focused on winning a title but have always fallen short these past years. This could fuel their pursuit to bigger names this offseason causing them, like the Yankees, to possibly miss out on signing Ryu. They need another pitcher to go alongside Buehler in their quest for an elusive title.
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