“I want to sign a contract with a major league team.”
The Toronto Blue Jays lost 0-2 in Game 2 of the 2023 Major League Baseball Minnesota Twins and American League Wild Card Series (2 wins out of 3) held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 5th (Korean time). Toronto, which suffered a sweep, ended this season.
Ryu Hyun-jin (36), who was excluded from the wild card entry, was unable to perform on the fall stage he had been looking forward to and ended his trip with Toronto. Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent elbow ligament joint surgery (Tommy John surgery) in June of last year, made his return last August after a long wait. Since then, he has made 11 starts, pitched 52 innings, and recorded 3 wins, 3 losses, and an ERA of 3.46. He showed signs of quickly recovering his game and envisioned a bright future.
Ryu Hyun-jin’s performance was expected in the postseason as well. However, coach John Schneider did not include Ryu Hyun-jin in the lineup. Since his time with the LA Dodgers in 2013, Ryu Hyun-jin has appeared on the fall stage several times. He made 9 starts, going 3 wins, 3 losses, and an ERA of 4.54.
Although he has accumulated experience, he has not been able to secure a spot as a wild card starter due to poor recent performance. Ryu Hyun-jin was kicked out early in all three of his recent appearances. In the game against the Boston Red Sox on the 18th of last month, he recorded 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and no runs in 4⅔ innings, and in the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 24th, he performed poorly with 7 hits, 3 home runs, 4 walks, 5 runs, and 2 strikeouts in 4⅓ innings. In the game against Tampa Bay on the 1st, he came off the mound after giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, and 1 strikeout in 3 innings.
Even while going through rehabilitation, Ryu Hyun-jin dreamed of standing on the postseason stage wearing a Toronto uniform. Ryu Hyun-jin, who was interviewed by local media at spring camp, said, “The rehabilitation process is going smoothly. I plan to prepare for rehabilitation starting in June. If the team plays in the postseason, I hope to be able to play with the players until October.” He also expressed his desire to compete in the postseason.
However, Ryu Hyun-jin failed to achieve his dream, and the four-year, $80 million contract he signed with Toronto in 2020 ended. Local media predicts that Toronto and Ryu Hyun-jin will no longer be together. The American media ‘Newsday’ predicted that Ryu Hyun-jin will play for a team other than Toronto, saying, “The New York Mets need to strengthen their starting pitchers. Recruiting Ryu Hyun-jin in the free agent market could be an option.”
Although Ryu Hyun-jin is in his late 30s and has surgery experience, he is still competitive in the major leagues. Although his speed was slower, he overwhelmed opposing batters with his pinpoint control. The added authority made it even more powerful.레고토토
Ryu Hyun-jin also has a strong desire to remain in the major league. Ben Nicholson-Smith of the Canadian media ‘Sportsnet’ said on his SNS, “Ryu Hyun-jin has stated that he wants to sign with a major league team,” and predicted that Ryu Hyun-jin will not return to the KBO League and will make efforts to remain in the U.S. in the off-season. .
A healthy Ryu Hyun-jin can survive in the major leagues. If you want to reinforce your starting pitcher, Ryu Hyun-jin can be quite an attractive card. Attention is focused on whether Ryu Hyun-jin will be able to stand on the mound in the major league next year.