In Major League Baseball (MLB), the starting pitcher’s ransom seems to have become a “golden price.”
It is not just Yamamoto Yoshinobu, who is already asking a total of 300 million dollars (about 388.5 billion won) even before his debut. Even if he is not considered a big fish, a $10 million (about 12.95 billion won) contract seems to be easily made for the starting pitcher who is expected to perform to some extent.월카지노
This trend is expected to be a boon to Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, who is entering the twilight of his career. Ryu Hyun-jin, who came to the free agent market after his four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, is expected to be evaluated not as bad as he was in his prime, even if he is not treated as well as he was in his prime.
The Texas Rangers signed right-hander Tyler Marley (29) for a two-year total of $22 million on the 15th (Korea Standard Time).
Marley is a pitcher who started the rotation for six seasons from 2018 to this year. Marley is not an overwhelming pitcher with 33 wins, 41 losses and an ERA of 4.30 in 132 games, but he is capable of starting the rotation as a fourth or fifth starter.
The problem is that Marley underwent Tommy John Surgery meant to connect tendons in his elbow in May this year. Tommy John surgery is a common procedure for pitchers, but rehabilitation takes at least one year. Ryu, who had surgery in June 2022, was only able to return to the big league in August this year.
Marley cannot take the mound in the first half of next year and can only take the mound in the second half of next year. Texas has invested an average of 11 million U.S. dollars per year in just one and a half years, not two years.
Of course, Marley does not receive the same salary for two years. Marley will receive $5.5 million in 2024 and $16.5 million in 2025, according to the contract details. Additionally, a $5 million incentive and a limited trade veto are at stake.
Even if $5.5 million is understandable next year when he can play half a season, it is surprising to give more than $15 million in annual salary to a player who is expected to play in the 4th to 5th round at best.
That’s not all. On the same day, the Detroit Tigers signed right-hander Jack Flaherty to a one-year, $14 million contract.
Flaherty was 11 wins, 8 losses and 2.75 ERA in 2019, but he has not performed as well as he did since 2021 due to frequent injuries. This season, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles during the season while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, and in Baltimore, he was greatly sluggish with one win, three losses and 6.75 ERA in nine games (seven starts).
Even considering that the one-year contract does not pose a significant risk and there is room for a rebound, the $14 million contract seems to be a considerable amount.
Veteran starter Lance Lynn, who is the same age as Ryu Hyun-jin, signed a two-year, maximum 25 million-dollar contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Like Ryu, he once played well, but he is a pitcher who has been on a downward trend as he ages, and has been treated well.
In light of this trend, it is possible to infer that Ryu Hyun-jin may also be able to sign a contract of more than $10 million per year on average. This is because it has not been easy to find a good starting pitcher in the entire Major League to the extent that the KBO League has run out of foreign pitchers, and each team tends to invest a considerable amount of money in some proven starting pitchers.
However, the multi-year contract that Ryu Hyun-jin wants may not be easy. Not many teams are expected to offer multi-year contracts, as he will turn 37 next year and has just returned from major surgery. Lin, who signed a contract earlier, also has a “team option” in the second year of the contract, which determines whether to extend it or not according to the club’s intention.
Ryu, who returned in the second half of this year, proved that he is still a starting pitcher with sufficient competitiveness in the big leagues. It seems that not a few teams still want him, but if he insists on a multi-year contract, the timing of his contract may be later than expected.