August 5, 2021

Hyun-Jin Ryu Gives the Toronto Blue Jays Much-Needed Rotation Reliability (Baseball Essential)

The Toronto Blue Jays locked up a much-needed starting pitcher on Sunday, agreeing to a four-year, $80 million deal with former Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. The 32-year old enjoyed a great season in 2019, posting a league-best 2.32 ERA while going 14-5 in 29 starts. He finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting while also starting for the NL in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, in what was his first All-Star selection.

The Blue Jays are in dire need of help on the mound. Chase Anderson, Tanner Roark, and Matt Shoemaker are currently the most experienced arms in their rotation. Adding a pitcher of Ryu’s caliber gives Toronto a reliable starter at the top of their staff who can eat up a lot of innings. He, without a doubt, becomes their immediate ace and can help this young team work their way back into contention in the American League.

However, the deal does seem a bit steep for a 32-year-old. Ryu averaged just 90.7 mph on his…

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