“RYU signing? Well, if they find a higher quality starter…” Aftermath of the TB game, FA Ryu Hyun-jin’s value dropped
The other day, the Tampa Bay Rays prematurely pulled the plug on free agent Hyun-jin Ryu (36, Toronto Blue Jays), who hasn’t received much praise from the local media. If the Blue Jays want to sign him, I won’t stop them, but they’d better find a better pitcher.
Rumbunter, who specializes in Pittsburgh Pirates news on Fansided, an American professional sports fan columnist site, wrote on April 26 (KST), “Pittsburgh should turn to the international free agent market to add starting pitching. The upcoming offseason is the right time to do so.”
The Pirates, who finished fourth in the National League Central (74 wins and 82 losses), missed the postseason again this year. One of the factors was a poor starting pitching staff. The Pirates ranked 11th in the National League in starting ERA (4.90) and ninth in wins (43). The only pitcher with 10 wins is Mitch Keller with 13, followed by Johan Oviedo with nine.
With the need for starting pitching reinforcements, Ryu Hyun-jin has been mentioned as one of the possible candidates. However, it seems unlikely that Ryu and Bae will be in the mix next season.
“Outside of the likes of Sonny Gray and Blake Snell, the list of prospects quickly descends into the middle and lower levels. I wouldn’t stop them from pursuing the likes of Genta Maeda, Michael Lorenzen, and Ryu Hyun-jin, but it would be nice to find a higher quality starting option than them.”
Since returning from elbow surgery early last month, Hyun-jin Ryu, nicknamed the Man of Steel, has pitched consistently well, but in his most recent outing on April 24 against Tampa Bay, he gave up five runs on seven hits (three homers) and four walks in 4 1/3 innings with two strikeouts. His ERA spiked from 2.62 to 3.31, and he gave up a whopping six home runs in five games in September, adding to concerns about his ability to allow the long ball. The local media’s view of him has also grown to include more question marks after the 24th game.온라인카지노
To add insult to injury, the “Rumbunctor” named Japanese pitchers Shota Imanaga and Yushinobu Yamamoto, who have yet to pitch in the major leagues, as pitchers of higher quality than Ryu. Imanaga’s team, the Yokohama DeNA Basestars, cleared him for posting earlier this month, and Yamamoto’s agent, Joel Wolfe, who has represented many Japanese major leaguers, was named as his negotiator 10 days ago.
“Of course, Imanaga and Yamamoto are the big names, but Pittsburgh should also look at other pitchers looking to break into the American scene in the upcoming offseason. Shosei Togo, Kaima Taira, Hiroto Takahashi, and Atsuki Taneichi are all starting pitchers who have expressed interest in challenging for the major leagues.” “Pittsburgh should take the opportunity to sign the best international free agent available. This could be a better path than picking up another free agent or making a trade.”
Of course, Ryu’s name was not on the list of international players the media recommended to Pittsburgh. Imanaga, Yamamoto, and others who are just starting to make their way to the major leagues are a stark reminder of his age and harsh reality.