Report: Blue Jays showing interest in Pineda
The Toronto Blue Jays have checked in on free-agent righty Michael Pineda, according to Scott Mitchell of TSN. Pineda performed well for the Minnesota Twins during the 2019 season but received a 60-game punishment in early September for using a banned substance. The 30-year-old authored a 4.01 ERA and 4.02 FIP over 26 starts. Another hurler who's on Toronto's radar is former Korean Baseball Organization ace Josh Lindblom, a source told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.The Blue Jays are also reportedly interested in left-handers Hyun-jin Ryu and Dallas Keuchel.Starting pitching was a major issue for the Blue Jays last season.
Hyun - Jin Ryu is aiming for a sub-2.00 ERA on his way to a possible Cy Young award! Watch some of his best pitches from later in the 2019 season.
Hyun - jin Ryu (Korean: 류현진; Hanja: 柳賢振; Korean pronunciation: [ɾju.çʌn.dʑin]; born March 25, 1987) is a South Korean professional baseball starting pitcher who is a free agent.
The American League East is a relentlessly scary place, the kind of division in which you can win the World Series one year and not make the playoffs the very next. With that in mind, the upstart Toronto Blue Jays don't want to leave anything up to chance as they gear up for the 2020 campaign.
They've been previously mentioned among a slew of suitors for free agent ace Hyun-Jin Ryu. But, according to insider Jon Heyman, it isn't just hype. The Jays are for real about this.
Blue Jays seem very serious about Hyun-Jin Ryu. Apparently still looking to upgrade rotation after Roark signing. Others known in: dodgers, twins
Twins Reportedly Interested in Free Agent Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu had a fantastic season for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, going pitch-for-pitch with Jacob deGrom for the NL Cy Young until the final month of the season. Now, he's looking for a humongous payday this offseason, and the Minnesota Twins are reportedly willing to make a splash in exchange for his highly-touted services. #MNTwins are in on Hyun-Jin Ryu. Also: Jays and Dodgers (tho his old team is also looking even higher (Cole/Strasburg)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2019Ryu went 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 182.2 innings, as well as 1.183 walks per nine innings ratio, lowest in the MLB.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman)
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Hyun - Jin Ryu …resides in Incheon, South Korea with wife Ji-Hyun Bae…received the Cultural Achievement Award from the Asia Society Korea Center for his contribution to US-Korea relations and mutual goodwill through sports in 2013 appointed as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Pyeong
Ryu has only played for thesince making his MLB debut in 2013, and is coming off his best campaign yet, making his first All-Star team and finishing second in NL Cy Young voting. Entering his age 33 season, however, he's likely only in for one more major payday before his prime years are over and done with. as they are, they're clearly not ruling out Ryu signing elsewhere.
And as it stands, Ryu is reportedly not the happiest with them.
Some (potentially) good news for the. Hyun-Jin Ryu, in an interview with major Korean media outlets, seemed frustrated about the efforts to resign him:
“If the Dodgers wanted to re-sign me, they would have told my agent.”— Jason Lee (@Jasons_JaysHub)
On the opposite side of the content, however, Toronto is a sneaky team full of young talent just beginning to realize itself.
Who wouldn't want to spend the back stretch of their career watching Vlad Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette come into their own? The appeal of an international city like Toronto is a plus, too. Keep an eye on the Six as winter approaches.
Boras: Free agents will look differently at Blue Jays after Ryu signing .
Super agent Scott Boras is confident the Toronto Blue Jays have now changed the perception the club is unwilling to spend money following the signing of his client, Hyun-Jin Ryu. "I think in next year’s round of free agency there’s going to be people looking at this team a lot differently than they did two years ago," Boras said Friday during Ryu's introductory press conference in Toronto, according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. "I think in next year’s round of free agency there’s going to be people looking at this team a lot differently than they did two years ago," Boras said Friday during Ryu's introductory press conference in Toronto, according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.