Can the Yankees, who are struggling to strengthen their starting lineup, turn their attention to FA Ryu Hyun-jin.
It was evaluated that the New York Yankees, the most prestigious in Major League Baseball, could be interested in Ryu Hyun-jin as an alternative to strengthening the weakened rotation depth.
New York Post columnist John Hayman cited Ryu Hyun-jin as a candidate to strengthen the Yankees rotation in an article titled “The Yankees still need lower-grade pitching alternatives than Blake Snell” on the 19th (Korean time).
This is not the first time that the Yankees have been mentioned about Ryu’s destination in the offseason. However, it is meaningful that the FA market should move in earnest one month before the opening of the spring training. Hayman had predicted on the previous day that Ryu would also decide his future within seven to 10 days.
The Yankees have devoted all of their energy to strengthening rotation. However, they had little connection with pitchers who offered him a large amount of money.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who signed a 12-year, $325 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. AFP Yonhap News
First of all, Japanese ace pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. The Yankees competed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets until the last minute. The Yankees made the final offer of 300 million dollars for 10 years, but Yamamoto took the hands of the Dodgers, who offered 325 million dollars for 12 years. Hal Steinbrenner, the owner of the team, met with Yamamoto in person and showed his sincerity, but he was not selected.
The Yankees then negotiated with Blake Snell, one of the biggest FA starters in the Major League. However, the gap was too wide. USA Today’s Bob Nightingale reported on the 15th that “Snell, the Cy Young Award winner, is asking for a contract worth at least $240 million. However, when the Yankees offered $100 million less than that, he was rejected.”헤라카지노도메인
The Yankees immediately turned to another FA starter, Marcus Stroman, and signed a two-year, $37 million contract.
In addition, the Yankees recently discussed trading starter Jesus Luzardo or Edward Cabrera with the Miami Marlins, but they actually broke down because Miami demanded a high level of price.
But we can’t end it here.
Hayman said, “The Yankees still need to strengthen their rotation depth anyway,” adding, “The Red Sox, Padres, Nationals, Orioles, Mariners, and Pirates are actively targeting second-class starting markets such as Ryu Hyun-jin, James Paxton, and Michael Lorenzen, but there is no word yet that they exchange substantial offers.”
They argue that the Yankees should also jump into the second-class starting market.
Hayman said, “The three starters who will succeed Ace Gerrit Cole have been carrying big question marks since last year. Nester Cortes suffered shoulder injuries, Carlos Rodón suffered back and elbow injuries, and Stroman also had frequent injuries. Clark Schmidt and Luke Weaver are the candidates for the fifth starter, but it is not enough.”
The focus is on not enough.
Yankees is suffering from shortage of starting pitchers due to two major trade deals last month. First of all, the team acquired outfielder Alex Verdugo through trade with the Boston Red Sox, and gave up promising pitchers such as Richard Fitz, Nicholas Judith, and Greg Weissert.
He then had to hand over four young starting prospects at once Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Johnny Brito and Randy Vazquez to bring in San Diego Padres outfielders Juan Soto and Trent Grisham.
Former starting pitchers Luis Severino and Frankie Montas also became free agents and parted ways with the Yankees. Serenino signed a one-year contract with the New York Mets for 13 million dollars and Montas with the Cincinnati Reds for 16 million dollars each. Hayman said, “Yankees officials were very surprised to see Montas lose. Montas told Yankees coaches he wanted to stay and signed a contract with the Reds for 16 million dollars, double the amount offered by the Yankees.”
Of course, most people say that Ryu is also a candidate for a one-year contract. Having received Tommy John Surgery meant returning to Korea in August 2022, Ryu pitched 52 innings in 11 games to record three wins and three losses, an ERA of 3.46, 38 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.29. Watchers say that Ryu has successfully returned to Korea. However, it is too short to guarantee a contract of more than two years. Then, he will be in his late 30s.
Although it is still hard to predict Ryu’s future even after two months have passed since the FA market opened, news of his contract is expected to be delivered soon. Yankees are also a candidate.