U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, which need left-handed starting pitchers, are completing their reinforcement of their power. More attention is being paid to the future of “Korea Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin (36), who has yet to decide his destination.
The contracts of left-hander starting pitchers in the MLB Free Agent (FA) market recently continued. MLB’s official website ‘MLB.COM’ reported on the 10th (Korea time) that the Chicago Cubs are about to sign a contract with Japanese left-hander Shota Imanaga (30).
The specific size of the contract is not known, but according to local media reports, it is expected to be more than $52 million for four years. MLB Network’s John Morosi said, “Cubs signed a multi-year contract with Imanaga and signed an annual average of $15 million (about 19.7 billion won).”헤라카지노
Earlier on the 7th, the New York Mets, who had been directly connected to Ryu Hyun-jin, signed a contract with left-hander Sean Munaia (31). “The Mets agreed to join Munaia for a total of 28 million dollars for two years,” John Hayman, the New York Post, said on social media.
The Mets were looking for a sale for the fifth starting pitcher, with the rotation of the fourth starting pitcher. Notably, he had continued to pay attention to left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, who naturally became a free agent. However, the Mets’ choice was far away.
It is not good news for Ryu, who is seeking a new team. However, it cannot be predicted that a red light has turned on for Ryu to stay in the MLB.
It is too early to give up hope of staying in the MLB. Until recently, the local community called Ryu a “competitive starting pitcher.”
MLB.COM included Ryu Hyun-jin in the “middle-class starting resource” on the 2nd, organizing the remaining starting pitcher sales in the FA market. “The mid-level starting pitcher market is moving as Seth Lugo (34) and Michael Waka (32) are looking for new teams, but there are still certain options,” he said, adding, “It may not be the most attractive pitcher, but it can add a sense of stability to the team’s rotation.”
The reason why Ryu Hyun-jin’s decision to go to his destination is due to the traffic arrangement of “high-level resources” that was later than expected. The “top FA pitchers” selected by MLB.COM include Blake Snell (31), Jordan Montgomery (31), Imana and Marcus Stroman (32).
Only Imana has found a bird nest, while the rest of the players are still in the market. The fact that contracts for Shohei Ohtani (29) and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25), the biggest fish this winter, were finalized until mid-December last year is also affecting Ryu’s delayed negotiations.
In other words, it is estimated that a more detailed proposal will come to Ryu Hyun-jin only when the top pitchers find a new team first
It is not that there is no team linked to Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu Hyun-jin’s name is being called in the local area.
Ryu Hyun-jin was mentioned most recently as well. It was the day when Imana’s trip to the Cubs was confirmed. Sports Illustrated, a local media outlet, recommended Ryu Hyun-jin to the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox recently brought in Lucas Giolito, 29, but he is a right-handed pitcher. He failed to fill the starting lineup without left-handers.
“Imana is the third best starting resource after Snell and Montgomery,” the media said. “He is the best player to strengthen Boston’s rotation.” Boston criticized Lee for losing the recruitment race, calling it “Boston’s lack of will to win.”
“There is a high possibility that Boston will turn to a back-end pitcher like James Paxton (35) and Ryu Hyun-jin,” he said. He also speculated that the Boston Red Sox would recruit new starting pitchers at a lower cost through trades and other means.
The San Diego Padres, which are affiliated with Kim Ha-sung (28) and Ko Woo-suk (25), are also mentioned frequently. The East Village Times, a local media outlet in San Diego, recommended Ryu on Dec. 22 last year, saying, “San Diego absolutely needs a pitcher.” On Dec. 31, he also picked Ryu Hyun-jin as a candidate to recruit him, saying, “San Diego still needs a proven pitcher.”
The need for a veteran pitcher is emerging for the Baltimore Orioles. Currently, the oldest player in the Baltimore Orioles’ starting lineup is John Minns, who was born in 1993. If Ryu, who played for 11 seasons in the U.S., is recruited, he will have ample experience in the starting lineup.
The Baltimore Baseball Organization reported on Monday that the team is still looking for a starting pitcher. “The FA market includes right-handers Stroman, Michael Lorenzen, and left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin. They are also suitable pitchers for the Baltimore team’s budget,” he said.
A positive FA market atmosphere was also formed for veteran pitchers. A number of pitchers over their mid-30s have signed contracts.
Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda (35) agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, while Seth Lugo and Michael Waka nestled in the Kansas City Royals. Wade Miley (37) headed to the Milwaukee Brewers, Lance Lynn (36) and Kyle Gibson (36) headed to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ryu Hyun-jin’s turn is expected to come soon. There is not much time, but there is not much. There is no need to rush in. The opening of the MLB spring camp begins in mid-February, so you can still have time to finish the contract.
Which team’s uniform will Ryu continue his career? Scott Boras, Ryu’s agent who is famous for leisurely making contracts in each transfer window, said in November last year that he would stay in the U.S. next year.