Hyun-jin Ryu gained’t be hitting the open market this offseason. The left-handed pitcher has accepted a qualifying supply from the Los Angeles Dodgers, that means they’ll pay him $17.9 million to forego free company for one more yr and keep in L.A. However he’s one-of-a-kind this offseason.
The deadline for free-agents-to-be to simply accept qualifying affords from their former groups was 5 p.m. ET Monday and Ryu was the one participant to simply accept the $17.9 million deal, in accordance with an announcement from the MLB Gamers Affiliation.
Bryce Harper, Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, A.J. Pollock and Yasmani Grandal had been the opposite gamers prolonged a qualifying supply, which is the closest factor MLB has to a franchise tag. If gamers accepted the supply, they’d stay with their crew for one yr.
In the event that they didn’t — which is what often occurs; and which is a no brainer for gamers like Harper and Corbin who’ve large paydays coming — they go into free company with draft-pick compensation hooked up. Now any crew that indicators a participant who declined a qualifying supply should forfeit a draft choose to his earlier crew.
For a participant like Ryu, 31, who spent many of the 2018 season on the disabled listing with a groin pressure, accepting the qualifying supply is sensible. He went down in Might and wasn’t capable of make it again to the majors till August. However when he was capable of pitch, he was distinctive. He had a 1.92 ERA over 82.1 innings and 15 begins within the common season. He additionally had an amazing begin within the playoffs, pitching seven scoreless innings in opposition to the Atlanta Braves in Recreation 1 of the Nationwide League Division Sequence. Sadly, his different postseason begins weren’t so good — he had a mixed 8.25 ERA over his different three begins.
Ryu didn’t start his profession within the U.S. He’s initially from Incheon, South Korea, and spent seven seasons pitching for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Group earlier than shifting over to MLB and the Dodgers for the 2013 season. 2018 was Ryu’s finest season by far, however his MLB profession ERA of three.20 is nothing to sneeze at. Ryu has misplaced a couple of season to harm, although. He missed your complete 2015 season after shoulder surgical procedure, and pitched only one sport in 2016 earlier than elbow debridement surgical procedure knocked him out for the remainder of the yr.
Regardless of dropping greater than half of the 2018 season to harm, Ryu nonetheless would have had a number of suitors if he’d turned down the qualifying supply. Whereas he nearly positively wouldn’t have gotten a proposal that equaled the yearly payout of the qualifying supply, he might have been capable of safe extra years at much less cash. However Ryu’s harm historical past is a priority. By accepting the qualifying supply, Ryu will get a yr with the Dodgers to indicate them (and different groups) that he can keep wholesome and be productive.
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