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Sport Zack Wheeler vs. Madison Bumgarner vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu: Who is the best option?

04:00  09 november  2019
04:00  09 november  2019 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

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11/3 Madison Bumgarner , Zack Wheeler , and Hyun - Jin Ryu were named as three potential offseason targets for the Twins in MLBTR’s recent “Offseason Outlook” series, and that trio was also speculatively See More at MLBTradeRumors. Hyun - Jin Ryu Overview. More Ryu Pages.

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It doesn’t take a baseball savant to figure out that Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg are the two best pitchers on the free-agent market. Cole is on a collision course with the largest contract a hurler has ever secured, a sure bet to outdo the $217M Boston’s David Price received four years ago, while Strasburg could come within $20M to $30M of the $200M mark in his own right. After those two aces, the starting market for free agents gets a lot less interesting, but that’s not to suggest it’s made up of nothing but back-end types. Quite the contrary, actually, as MLBTR forecasts that four other starters will land guarantees worth at least $50M this offseason.

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Hyun - Jin Ryu , who has a 9.95 ERA over the last month, will miss his scheduled start in Baltimore to get some rest. Who will be the most coveted free agent? Which big stars will we hear in blockbuster trade talks? Who has an opt-out decision to make?

See the batter vs . pitcher matchup for San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner on ESPN.com. Los Angeles Dodgers Career statistics vs . Madison Bumgarner . Hyun - Jin Ryu .

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Former Met Zack Wheeler, longtime Giant Madison Bumgarner and ex-Dodger Hyun-Jin Ryu make up the remainder of the top five free-agent starters after Cole and Strasburg. Going by projected earning power, Wheeler is easily the most desirable of the trio. We’ve got him signing for $100M over a half-decade, Bumgarner putting pen to paper on a four-year, $72M accord and Ryu getting a three-year, $54M contract. But you’re well within your rights to want Bumgarner or Ryu over Wheeler. Let’s take a closer look at the touted troika.

Zack Wheeler, RHP

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Age: 30 in May

Qualifying offer? Yes

Wheeler missed almost all of 2015 to '17 while dealing with arm issues, including a Tommy John procedure, but he has emphatically put those days behind him. He has been one of the most productive starters in baseball over the past two seasons, having tossed 180-plus innings of sub-4.00 ERA, four-plus-fWAR ball in each year. But it’s not just the bottom-line production that has put Wheeler on clubs’ radars. It’s also his elite fastball velocity, which clocked in at a personal-high 96.7 mph in 2019. His fastball and curveball spin were also better than average, per Statcast, while his average exit velocity against (86.2 mph; 90th percentile) and hard-hit rate against (32.2 percent; 82nd percentile) were near the top of the league.

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That led the Phillies to Bryce Harper, who inked a 13-year contract worth 0 million. Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg are the top free agent starters, and beyond them there are other solid options like Zack Wheeler , Madison Bumgarner , and Hyun - Jin Ryu .

Gerrit Cole and Hyun - Jin Ryu are two of the best pitchers set to hit the open market this offseason. Gerrit Cole is, without question, the top option on the free agent market this offseason. Personally, I believe that the Phillies would be the best fit for Ryu based on the ballpark factors, the payroll

Madison Bumgarner, LHP

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Age: 30

Qualifying offer? Yes

Bumgarner’s legendary postseason exploits are well-documented, but he hasn’t pitched a playoff game since 2016. Over the past couple of years, Bumgarner’s days as a front-line starter have seemingly faded away. But he remains a major asset, someone just about any team would be happy to plug into its rotation. After a couple of injury-shortened seasons, Bumgarner reestablished his durability in 2019 with 207 2/3 innings of 3.90 ERA/FIP ball and 8.8 K/9 and 1.86 BB/9. And Bumgarner’s fastball/curve spin rates were near the apex of the league this season, for what it’s worth.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP

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Age: 33 by next season

Qualifying offer? No

No one in this group did a better job preventing runs this year than Ryu, who’s an NL Cy Young finalist after recording a 2.32 ERA/3.10 FIP, 8.03 K/9 against 1.18 BB/9 and a 50.4 percent ground-ball rate across 182 2/3 innings. Terrific results are par for the course for Ryu — on a per-start basis, he may be the No. 1 pitcher here — but age and injury history threaten to hinder him to some degree on the open market. Ryu missed all of 2015 and then threw anywhere from 4 2/3 to 126 2/3 innings in each season from 2016-18.

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Hyun - Jin Ryu , LHP, Dodgers. Ryu , who will be 33 years old by the start of the 2020 season, led all of baseball with a 2.32 ERA and will finish in the top Despite giving up runs in Games 6 and 7 of the World Series, Harris was the Astros’ best reliever. At 35 years old, Harris won’t get a long-term deal

See the batter vs . pitcher matchup for Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun - Jin Ryu on ESPN.com. San Francisco Giants Career statistics vs . Hyun - Jin Ryu . Madison Bumgarner .

There you have it, a quick rundown of the three premier free-agent starters not named Cole or Strasburg. Considering their histories, their qualifying offer statuses and their potential earning power, who’s the one you’d most like to sign?

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