High-quality starting pitchers are becoming increasingly scarce in the major leagues. There is a lack of healthy, high-quality starters, with only five pitchers with an ERA in the 2-run range completing regulation innings. This is why the value of starting pitchers inevitably rises in the free agent market.
The market value of Ryu Hyun-jin (36), who will become a free agent after his four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays ends at the end of this season, is also rising. Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June of last year and returned to the major league mound 14 months later, has recorded 3 wins, 3 losses, an ERA of 2.62, 35 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.12 in 9 games (44⅔ innings) since his return.
Since he has just returned from injury, the number of pitches does not exceed 90, and the most innings is once 6 innings, but the pitch content is good. He continues to pitch well, allowing 2 earned runs or less in 7 of 9 games. He is in normal condition in his second year since returning from Tommy John surgery, and expectations for Ryu Hyun-jin next year are also rising.
While local media outlets are also showing interest in Ryu Hyun-jin’s future after the season, the US ‘New York Post’ selected him as a candidate to be recruited by the New York Mets as a free agent. On the 17th, veteran reporter Joel Sherman mentioned Ryu Hyun-jin as a free agent suitable for the team’s retooling while predicting the Mets’ first year next year under the new baseball operations president David Stearns.
Reporter Sherman said, ‘The most ideal scenario for next year’s Mets starting lineup is to recruit Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Olix Buffaloes) and then sign one-year contracts with Ryu Hyun-jin and Luis Severino (New York Yankees). He said, “We need to recruit players who can help compete immediately without causing confusion in the team’s payroll in the future.”먹튀검증
He continued, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin, who turns 37 next March, has missed most of the past two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, and Sevirino also had his worst year, suffering an oblique muscle injury. “Both pitchers have physical red flags, but the demand for starting pitchers may be high enough to warrant a one-year contract or more,” he said, predicting that recruiting them with a one-year short-term contract will not be easy.
However, they expressed the opinion that the upside is large and that recruiting is necessary to strengthen depth. Reporter Sherman said, ‘Ryu Hyun-jin is not easily shaken. “She’s got her stuff in order, she knows how to use her repertoire,” he said. “Severino is still in good shape.” She said the Yankees put pressure on her to prove herself, but she saw the positive side, saying, “I have the potential to make a difference if the environment changes.”
The Mets, who fell to fourth place in the National League’s East Division (70 wins and 80 losses) this year and are already out of fall baseball, traded the highest-paid pitchers Max Scherzer (Texas Rangers) and Justin Verlander (Houston Astros) in July and August, replacing the team. went into reorganization. Rather than immediately aiming for the championship next year, we view it as a retooling process to strengthen the team and compete next year. A five-year contract was also agreed upon with President Stearns, who led the Milwaukee Brewers to the club’s first fall baseball season for four consecutive years from 2018 to 2021. The stunt boss will begin work in earnest in October.
The Mets have two fixed starting pitchers for next year, Senga Godai and Jose Quintana, and the remaining three positions are unclear. There are promising players such as Jose Bhutto, but they have not yet established themselves as a solid force. In order to maintain competitiveness next season, it would be ideal for the Mets to fill the rotation by signing proven Ryu Hyun-jin on a one-year short-term contract, but it is questionable whether the market situation will go that way. Reporter Sherman pointed out Kenta Maeda, Tyler Mahle (Minnesota Twins), and James Paxton (Boston Red Sox) as other candidates for starting recruitment.