July 23, 2021

Hyun-Jin Ryu introduced, says Jays’ persistence ‘why I’m here’ (ESPN)

TORONTO — Hyun-Jin Ryu is the ace the Toronto Blue Jays needed to pair with a lineup flush with “baseball royalty.”

That’s the view agent Scott Boras has of the deal that brought the Korean left-hander north of the border.

Ryu agreed to join the Jays last weekend, with sources telling ESPN’s Jeff Passan that the deal was for four years and $80 million. Ryu then flew in from Korea for an introductory news conference Friday, greeting a live television audience with a wide smile and a few words in each of his new home country’s official languages.

“Hello, Canada,” Ryu said. “Bonjour. I’m happy to be here, and I’m going to make the Toronto Blue Jays proud.”

Ryu was 14-5 with a major league-best 2.32 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He started for the National League in his first All-Star Game and finished second in Cy Young Award voting to New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

Ryu’s is the second-biggest free-agent deal in Blue Jays history, trailing only the five-year, $82 million contract former general manager Alex Anthopoulos gave catcher Russell Martin in November 2014.

“This is the next step in what we feel is a plan to build a sustainable championship team,” Blue Jays…

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