Hyun-Jin Ryu, the left handed pitcher from the Dodgers, has agreed to a four year, $80M contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ryu was one of the best pitchers in the National league in 2019, staying healthy for the season after being out for 15 weeks during 2018 when a groin injury took him out of the game for that period of time.
Ryu made his first All-Star team in 2019 and finished the season with an NL best 2.32 ERA and went 14-5. He only walked 24 batters and over 185.75 innings, had 163 K’s. In 15 of his 29 starts, he completed at least 7 innings without allowing more than 3 runs.
Ryu joins Tanner Roark and Chase Anderson as the third started for the Jays, as the Jays have prioritized their starting rotation during this current offseason. Toronto also added pitcher Shun Yamaguchi, completing a deal with Japanese pitcher, who will compete for a rotational spot during the upcoming spring training.
The 32-year-old Ryu is an expert in five pitches, which he can land on a dime. It’s this expertise that allows him to overcome not being overpowering. His 2.21 ERA since the beginning of the 2018 season is only topped by the Mets Jacob DeGrom.
The Dodgers signed the South Korean ace in December 2012. He pitched for two years effectively, before shoulder surgery took him out of the game, barring one start, from 2015 to 2016. He regained some traction in 2017 and rolled that into a two year stretch of great pitching and among the game’s most effective.