The Pittsburgh Pirates spent the 2023-2024 offseason adding to their starting rotation. Their 4.88 ERA in 2023 was 11th in the National League. Outside of Mitch Keller, who won 13 games, there were no 10-win pitchers. No starter had a sub-3 ERA in regulation innings pitched.굿모닝토토 도메인
Rum Bunter, who covers Pittsburgh for FanSided, said on Nov. 3 (ET) that the Pirates should consider signing free agent Ryu Hyun-jin and Eric Peddie, 30. Peddy has said he will consider his family when deciding where to go next. Peddy went 20-6 with a 2.00 ERA and 209 strikeouts, leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA and earning MVP honors on defense.
Rum Bunter said, “Pedi took his talents to Korea and something amazing happened. He had a 2.38 FIP and a 0.95 WHIP. He induced 70% ground balls. The highest single-season ground ball rate among pitchers with more than 120 innings pitched was 70.3% by Framber Valdes (Houston Astros) in 2021. “Don’t take Pedi’s dominance in Korea lightly.
Rum Bunter cited FanGraphs as saying that Pedi has had great success with his sweeper this season. He hasn’t used his changeup much in the majors, and he’s made good use of it. It’s a complete change from his days with the Washington Nationals.
As for Pedi’s contract, Rum Bunter pointed to Miles Mikolas, who played for the Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball from 2015 to 2017 before signing a two-year, $15.5 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018, and Merrill Kelly, who played for the SK Wyverns in the KBO from 2015 to 2018 before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks for two years and $5.5 million.
No player has yet returned to the major leagues from the KBO with a $10 million guaranteed contract. “Peddie was arguably better than Michael’s 2017 season in Japan,” Rum Bunter said. Kelly wasn’t even as good as Pedi in Korea.” That means Pedi will get a $10 million guarantee.
In addition, Rum Bunter said that Pedi has been offered a contract by a KBO club (NC Dinos). NC has offered him a multi-year contract. He even pointed out that Peddie is immersed in Korean culture. If he wants to stay in the KBO, there’s nothing Pittsburgh can do, but if he wants to return to the major leagues, they should consider signing him.