“Ryu Hyun-jin, Ideal Selection for TEX,” U.S. Media Urgent When Kershaw Disappeared from the Market… One Week Left From Camp

Clayton Kershaw’s choice to stay with the Los Angeles Dodgers is affecting other FA starters. Ryu Hyun-jin has emerged as a target for the Texas Rangers, which has been mentioned as Kershaw’s hometown and expected destination.꽁머니사이트

U.S. sports media Sportskeeda mentioned FA Jordan Montgomery, Ryu Hyun-jin, and Dylan Seas for trade in an article titled “Three Pitchers that Rangers Could Go after Clayton Kershaw” on the 8th (Korea time).

Kershaw agreed to a one-plus-one-year contract with the Dodgers on the 7th, according to local media. The Athletic said it is actually a two-year contract because the 2025 option is a “player option” that players can choose from.

Kershaw had shoulder surgery in early November last year and will not be able to take the mound in the first half of this season. However, he is considered an ace pitcher who can contribute significant strength to his rotation if he joins the team in a healthy manner in the second half. As he underwent shoulder surgery through discussions with the Dodgers, the renewal of the contract between the two sides was a given in the first place.

Texas has been in contact with Kershaw since the end of 2021, when he first appeared in the FA market. Dallas, Texas, is Kershaw’s hometown, where he stays with his family during the offseason. That’s why the Rangers are called Kershaw’s hometown team. Texas, which had been waiting for Kershaw to choose, should now broaden its horizons.

Reporter Ridden said, “Thank God Texas has a lot of injuries in the rotation. There are a lot of starting pitchers who can replace Kershaw in the FA and trade markets,” highlighting Ryu for the third time.

“Texas could consider Ryu as a short-term contract. The 36-year-old, who received Tommy John Surgery in 2022, is reported to be carrying out a normal training program in Korea this off-season. He pitched 52 innings last year, and posted 3 wins and 3 losses, an earned run average of 3.46 and 38 strikeouts,” he said.

MLB Network reporter John Morosi reported Ryu’s training news on the 30th of last month. He wrote on his X account, “FA left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin is improving his condition by increasing his pitching training in Korea during the offseason.”

“Ryu Hyun-jin, who is looking for a new Major League team, is the ideal starting pitcher for the World Series champion,” said reporters. “Rangers has only one left-hander in the rotation. Therefore, Ryu can balance the rotation.”

Texas will not be able to return until this summer due to injuries to Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, who were hired last year. DeGrom underwent Tommy John surgery in June last year, and Scherzer had a disc surgery in December. Also, right-hander Tyler Marley, who signed a two-year, $22 million FA contract this offseason, underwent Tommy John surgery in May last year and will not be able to return until July or later.

Against this backdrop, Texas’ first-half rotation is expected in the order of Nathan Ivaldi, John Gray, Andrew Heaney, Dane Dunning and Cody Bratford. Heaney is the only left-hander among them, and Bratford is a long-relief.

The Dallas Morning News, Texas’ largest media outlet, also claimed last month that Texas should target Ryu Hyun-jin. At the time, he said, “We need to bring in a talented FA starter such as Sean Munnaia or Ryu Hyun-jin.” Munnaia signed a two-year, $28 million contract with the New York Mets.

Texas has yet to finalize a TV broadcasting rights contract due to the bankruptcy of a local broadcaster, so it is impossible to predict the team’s income, but Ryu Hyun-jin is not a pitcher who costs “a lot of money.”

Ryu joined the Dodgers in 2013, and stayed with Kershaw until 2019 before leaving for Toronto. When they shared the same team, the two players went on the injured list about 10 times, suffering from chronic illness. Still, they are both labeled as pitchers with frequent injuries. It remains to be seen whether the Texas Rangers, which had been watching Kershaw, will send a love call to Ryu.

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