Ryu will pitch in the U.S. next year. Not in Korea.”
Mega-agent Scott Boras, 71, who represents the “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, has dismissed the possibility of Ryu’s return to South Korea.
Boras made the comments while speaking to reporters in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, during the Major League Baseball (MLB) owners’ meetings on Monday (Sept. 9), when asked about the free agent.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Canadian outlet Sportsnet, Boras said, “There’s a lot of interest from big league teams in him.”레모나토토 주소
After undergoing elbow ligament reconstruction surgery last year, Ryu returned in the second half of the season and went 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 games.
While his velocity isn’t as high, he still has one of the best pitches in the big leagues.
His four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays ended after this season, making him eligible for free agency.
Ryu is currently weighing whether to return to the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO and stay in the MLB.
“My commitment (to finish my career with Hanwha) hasn’t changed, and of course I’m going to do that,” Ryu said while returning home last month, “but I’m not sure yet. I’m not sure yet. I’ll have to wait and see,” he said.
In the U.S., there are reports that several MLB teams are interested in signing Ryu to a short-term deal.
MLB.com reported that Ryu could sign a one-year deal worth $8 million.
Boras also talked about one of his clients, Lee Jung-hoo, 25, who is trying to break into the U.S. through the Posting System.
“Nearly half the league has inquired about him,” Boras said. “The Boston Red Sox signed Masataka Yoshida from Japan because they knew his hitting skills were very good,” Boras said.
“Lee Jung-hoo also has a combination of defense and power,” he said, “which is especially beneficial in the middle infield.”
“I think he’s going to bring the K-pop craze to MLB,” he added.