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Sports Don't Underestimate Blue Jays in Race to Sign Hyun-Jin Ryu

20:52  14 december  2019
20:52  14 december  2019 Source:   12up.com

Report: Blue Jays showing interest in Pineda

  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.

a close up of a man in a baseball game: Hyun-Jin Ryu is coming off an All-Star 2019 campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.© Jeff Gross/Getty Images Hyun-Jin Ryu is coming off an All-Star 2019 campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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.

Ryu has only played for the Dodgers since 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. With the Dodgers reportedly eyeing Madison Bumgarner as they are, they're clearly not ruling out Ryu signing elsewhere.

And as it stands, Ryu is reportedly not the happiest with them.

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.

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