Ryu Hyun-jin Is Not In Toronto’s Roster Next Year
With the Toronto Blue Jays eliminated from the wild-card series, what kind of uniform will Ryu Hyun-jin wear next year after this season? It seems clear that he will bid farewell to Toronto when his four-year, $80 million contract expires.
After Toronto was eliminated from the wild card series with two losses to Minnesota on the 5th, ESPN in the U.S. pointed out changes in power and homework problems for next season.
The media selected left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin as Toronto’s key free agent along with third baseman Matt Chapman, center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, designated hitter Brandon Belt and left fielder/second baseman Whit Merrifield ($18 million mutual option).
However, espn only listed Ryu Hyun-jin’s name as a major free agent, but did not offer any prospects for the future.
The media cited strengthening position players as Toronto’s offseason priority. Ryu Hyun-jin, Chapman, Kiermaier, and Belt earn $50.8 million this year. This amount will be reduced next year, so Toronto can use it to reinforce players in the free agent (FA) market.
The media reported, “Chapman, who hit .388 in April, has been sluggish since then, with his batting average below .222 for four out of five months.” There is no clear solution in the free agent (FA) market, but it is expected to let him go, he said. “Merryfield’s option is too big to be realized,” he said. “With Kiermaier out, Dalton Basho can play center field.” “Belt is productive as a designated hitter, so I’m looking forward to renewing my contract,” he said.
espn was more interested in Alec Manoa’s comeback than Ryu Hyun-jin. Manoa, who was selected as an All-Star last year and was a starting pitcher in this year’s opening game, performed poorly with 3 wins, 9 losses, and 5.87 in 19 games. When Ryu Hyun-jin returned in August, he was left out of the starting rotation and ended the season in the minor league.
The media predicted, “If Manoa, along with Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, Chris Bassett and Yusei Kikuchi, regain confidence and prospect Ricky Tiedman is ready, Toronto could once again have one of the best rotations in the major leagues.” .
Ryu Hyun-jin, who has been rehabilitating for more than a year from elbow ligament conjugation surgery in June last year, made his return in August, and has since pitched in 11 games (52 innings) with three wins, three losses and a 3.46 ERA, but was excluded from the wild card series entry after playing only short innings at the end of the season. Ryu Hyun-jin’s postseason opportunity disappeared as Toronto collapsed.
Ryu wants to play in the Major League Baseball more. Ben Nicholson Smith of Canadian media outlet SportsNet posted on his social media, “Ryu Hyun-jin said he wanted to sign with a Major League team
Although he is in his late 30s and has a history of many surgeries and injuries, Ryu Hyun-jin, whose main weapon is various breaking balls such as control, slow control, curves and changeups rather than restraint, is competitive for four to five starters, and the key is how confident he is to play full time.