Camp will open soon… Where is Ryu Hyun-jin’s destination? Mixed moves with ‘best friend’ Kershaw

February 9, 2024 | by

Clayton Kershaw chose to remain friendly. Ryu Hyun-jin (37), who once shared the same boat, is still “invincible.”

Ryu Hyun-jin signed a four-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays for the last time last season. It was a year when he shook off the aftermath of his elbow injury in 2022. With 3 wins and 3 losses and an earned run average of 3.46 in 52 innings, Ryu hinted at the possibility of staying in and making a comeback in the big league.

As a result, his fate with Kershaw, his best friend from the LA Dodgers, seems to be mixed. Kershaw, an active legend with 210 wins in the major leagues, has been injured several times as he enters his 30s, and although he has won 35 games in the past three years, the game has continued to deteriorate.

Despite several transfer scandals, he has consistently chosen the Dodgers after agonizing over his team’s Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. As a one-club man for 18 years since his debut in 2006, it could be an inevitable choice for him. Consequently, Kershaw recently stayed with the Dodgers after signing a one-plus-year contract.

On the other hand, Ryu made his debut with the Dodgers in 2013, but has already passed the Toronto Blue Jays. The Dodgers, which has attracted global attention due to the simultaneous recruitment of Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto in LA, which has a large Korean population, must be an attractive option 월카지노도메인.

However, Ryu’s position could be limited. Ohtani cannot play as a pitcher this season, but this is especially true given Yamamoto and Tyler Glasnow, Walker Buehler, who will return this year, and rookie Bobby Miller.

Texas is considering a starting spot. Ryu Hyun-jin’s name is mentioned along with Jordan Montgomery and Dylan Cease. In particular, most of the starting candidates, including Dane Dunning, John Gray, and Nathan Iovaldi, are right-handed, so there is a need for a left-hander that can be accompanied by one. As advised by local media such as MLB.COM, if Texas is interested, options are relatively free. Ryu is also willing to sign a short-term contract of one to two years.

Ryu has been constantly working out. However, the U.S. Major League spring camps start to take place one after another around the Lunar New Year holidays in Korean time. In terms of training environment and team adaptation, Ryu now desperately needs to join the team as soon as possible.

Despite the much-needed love call from the Hanwha Eagles, his former team in the KBO League, Ryu Hyun-jin and “superagent” Scott Boras have been keeping their eyes on the U.S. The average speed of his fastball has fallen to less than 90 miles (about 144 kilometers), but he still has superb control, skillful speed control, and crisis management skills. He calculates that he can still play in the big league for one to two more years.

However, if he decides, he can join Hanwha at any time. The Hanwha Eagles also left the salary cap empty. As Ryu advanced to the posting league instead of the FA when he traveled to the U.S. in 2013, he can only return to Hanwha when he returns to the KBO league.


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