Greinke free agency + retirement age…Ryu Hyun-jin to Kansas City, and why it’s so compelling.

December 2, 2023 | by

Major League Baseball (MLB) free agent Ryu Hyun-jin, the “Korean Monster,” 36, will wear blue for a third time, and the prospect of joining the Kansas City Royals is intriguing.

“Hyun-jin Ryu will sign with Kansas City for $8 million per year ($10.16 billion),” wrote columnist Jim Borden, formerly of MLB’s Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds, in an article for US sports media outlet The Athletic. Kansas City is in need of starting pitching to improve its competitiveness and could potentially use Ryu as a trade chip, depending on the situation.

The Winter Meetings have begun, and free agent signings continue to be announced. Ryu’s prospects for a third MLB team are growing. The day after the Kansas City rumor, he was linked to the Detroit Tigers. The team recently signed Japanese starter Genta Maeda to a two-year, $24 million (31.2 billion won) deal to bolster its mound, but local observers say it remains a “buyer’s market.

Ryu underwent ligament splicing surgery on his left elbow last year and spent a year rehabbing, making his comeback on Aug. 2 against the Baltimore Orioles. In 11 regular-season starts in 2023, he went 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA and proved to be a solid performer. While he didn’t get many innings due to manager John Schneider’s overly aggressive pitch count management, he showed off his trademark pinpoint delivery and seasoned defense on the mound. U.S. sports media outlets have emphasized that while Ryu is unlikely to get a long-term deal, he’s attractive enough for a one- or two-year deal.

Kansas City was an underdog in the 2023 regular season, winning just 56 games (106 losses) and finishing 14th out of 15 teams in the American League (AL) 토토사이트. They haven’t made the postseason (PS) since 2015 and have finished between 4th and 5th in their division (Central) in the last five seasons.

Kansas City signed Zack Greinke, who will be 30 years old in 2022. He played seven seasons in Kansas City (2004-2010) and was the league’s all-time leading pitcher with 132 career wins through the 2021 season.

While the move could be seen as a homecoming for a pitcher in the twilight of his career, it’s more about the organization’s desire to add experience and veteran presence to a team that has gotten so young that even pitchers in their 30s are hard to find with the departure of Mike Minor. Granted, Greinke is known to American sports fans as a four-dimensional pitcher, and he’s certainly not a pragmatist, but for younger players, he was a successful pitcher in the big leagues.

Greinke was born in 1983. After joining Kansas City, he won four games in 2022 and two in 2023. He is now eligible for free agency. He’s nearing the end of his career, so it will be interesting to see if he gets an extension.

Kansas City needs another starter. Ryu provided a generational bridge when he was with the Toronto Blue Jays, and that’s what the club hopes to do.

Kansas City is a small market. Even on StubHub, they’re more of a seller than a buyer of big-name free agents in their prime, which makes Ryu’s prospects all the more compelling. Kansas City’s uniforms are also blue. Ryu also wore blue with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto.


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