Ryu Hyun-jin is a veteran starting pitcher with a record of 78 wins, 48 losses and an ERA of 3.27 in 186 games (1,055 ⅓ innings) in the Major League. He made his Major League debut in 2013 under a six-year, 36 million-dollar contract with the Dodgers and ranked fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting with 14 wins, eight losses and an ERA of 3.00 in 30 games (192 innings). Although he faced a crisis after undergoing shoulder surgery, he had a successful career with the Dodgers, recording 54 wins, 33 losses and an ERA of 2.98 in 126 games (740 ⅓ innings).헤라카지노주소
Notably, he had his best season in 2019. Ryu had a strong performance in 29 games (182 ⅔ innings) in 2019, with 14 wins, five losses and an ERA of 2.32, ranking second in voting for the National League Cy Young Award, and he became an FA for the first time since his debut at the end of the season. Ryu, who left the Dodgers behind, successfully signed a four-year, 80 million-dollar contract with Toronto.
After moving to Toronto, Ryu underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career in 2022, but he successfully returned to Toronto last year with three wins, three losses and an ERA of 3.46 in 11 games (52 innings). After recording 24 wins, 15 losses and an ERA of 3.97 in 60 games (315 innings) over the past four years, Ryu became a free agent for the second time since the end of last year’s season. Despite his advanced age, he is still an attractive starter under short-term contracts.
Former Hanwha Eagles hope Ryu will return to the team. However, Ryu has decided to stay in the Major League as a priority. There are still many teams in the Major League FA market that want to strengthen their starting pitchers. San Diego, where Kim Ha-sung and Ko Woo-suk are located, is one of them.
The U.S. media MLB Trade Rumors said on the 14th (Korea Standard Time), “San Diego has become FA four of the starting pitchers led by Blake Snell, who won the National League Cy Young Award last year. Snell, Seth Lugo (Kansas City), Michael Waka (Kansas City), and Nick Martinez (Cincinnati) went to the FA market and found a new team. However, San Diego at least wanted to be with Lugo in 2024 and beyond,” adding that San Diego offered Lugo to renew his contract.
Lugo is a right-handed pitcher who recorded 40 wins, 31 losses, 62 holds, 16 saves, and an ERA of 3.50 in 301 games (641 innings) in the Major League. He has played as a bullpen pitcher for most of his career, but he changed from San Diego to starting pitcher last year, showing good performance by posting eight wins, seven losses and an ERA of 3.57 in 26 games (146 ⅓ innings). Lugo signed a three-year, 45 million-dollar contract with the Kansas City Royals in December last year.
“San Diego offered a four-year contract last month before Lugo signed with the Kansas City Royals. San Diego was ahead of Lugo in terms of contract training, but Kansas City had a high annual average. Considering that Lugo had a successful season last year, it is not surprising that San Diego wanted to join Lugo again. San Diego is expected to have starters Michael King, Randy Vazquez, and Johnny Brito, who were acquired through a trade with Juan Soto, and if Lugo joined the team, the team would have greatly improved.”
Admitting that Lugo eventually moved to Kansas City, the media outlet said, “However, the fact that San Diego offered Lugo a four-year contract means that the team has enough budget. It is a positive sign that the team can fill holes in the roster before the opening game. San Diego has strengthened its bullpen by recruiting Yuki Matsui and Ko Woo-suk, and it is important to recruit starting pitchers who can support the starting lineup.”
Ryu is a starting pitcher who can fulfill the role San Diego needs. Considering San Diego’s offer of a four-year contract to Lugo, Ryu has ample room to sign a contract of the size that Ryu wants. Fans are paying keen attention to whether San Diego, which has actively recruited Korean players such as Kim Ha-sung and Ko Woo-suk, will be able to embrace Ryu Hyun-jin.