With the opening of the FA market for two months, less than 30 percent of the players have signed a contract as of Wednesday (Korea time). Analysts say that the overall contract speed is slow as the so-called “big four” negotiations including Cody Bellinger, Matt Chapman, Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, which are considered top-class FA, remain at the level of search matches. The four agents are Scott Boras. The devil’s bargaining technique is famous for dragging his opponent out and earning the desired conditions.헤라카지노
However, there is one notable unsigned player among Boras’ customers. It is Ryu Hyun-jin.
Most of the veteran FA starters in their mid-30s, similar to Ryu’s, left the market. However, Ryu’s market is still in a lull. While six to seven teams have been mentioned as Ryu’s likely destination through local media, their options are narrowing as they recruit other FA players.
In the meantime, the Boston Red Sox have emerged as a team that can take Ryu Hyun-jin. The news came as Shota Imana, a Japanese pitcher, agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. According to The Athletic and MLB Network, Imana has decided to join the Cubs on a two-year deal worth 30 million U.S. dollars and up to four years and 80 million dollars including options and incentives.
Boston, which played a two-way game with the Cubs over Imana, turned its eyes to the FA market and set the tone that it deserves to covet Ryu Hyun-jin.
The Boston Globe, the largest media outlet in Massachusetts, said on the 10th, “The Red Sox, who missed Japanese left-hander Imanaga, deserve attention to left-handers Ryu Hyun-jin and James Paxton, who are still in the market.”
Sports Illustrated (SI) said, “Boston President Craig Brisloe will be able to give up prospects such as shortstop Marcello Mayer, outfielder Roman Anthony and catcher Kyle Till to bring in a top starter,” but predicted, “If that’s not possible, there’s a high possibility that he’ll turn his attention to fourth and fifth starting pitchers like James Paxton and Ryu Hyun-jin.”
NBC Sports Boston also said, “Boston deserves to consider Mike Clevinger to upgrade the rotation, and James Paxton, Clayton Kershaw, Marcus Stroman, Ryu Hyun-jin, and Michael Lorenzen remain under it.”
All three media outlets see Ryu and Paxton as good starters for the Boston Red Sox. Paxton, one year younger, is similar to Ryu, who is in a slump. He returned last year after Tommy John Surgery in April 2021, and his agent is also Boras. He pitched in 19 games and recorded seven wins and five losses with an ERA of 4.50.
James Paxton also returned from Tommy John surgery last year. AP Yonhap News
Another media outlet Bleacher Report mentioned Ryu Hyun-jin as an FA to pay attention to. Referring to Ryu for the sixth time in an article titled “Aaron Hicks and 10 FA who were not detected by radar,” on Wednesday, Frankie Montas, Jack Fleherty, Luis Severino, Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn all signed one-year contracts worth more than 10 million U.S. dollars. “Ryu has a chance to be a real windfall,” Ryu said.
In other words, Ryu Hyun-jin can also be treated more than $10 million on a one-year contract. It is no different from the predictions made by other media this offseason.
Ryu returned to action in early August last year after being treated to Tommy John Surgery in June 2022. He pitched 52 innings in 11 games, winning three games, losing three with an ERA of 3.46, and striking out 38. Toronto manager John Schneider called Ryu a “bonus” on Ryu’s performance. He did not have high expectations, but he said that it helped him advance to the postseason. In the FA market this time, Ryu is also rated as good as issuing four to five terms.
Boston is not the only city. There are many teams, including the San Francisco Giants, the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Angels, and the New York Yankees, that are looking for starters. However, if they want a two-year contract guarantee, they need to be more persuaded.