Free agent pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, has played for teams with big-city ties since entering the major leagues. After spending seven years with the Los Angeles Dodgers after his debut in 2013, Ryu spent four years with the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada’s largest city before becoming a free agent in 2020.

Now that he’s a free agent again, a number of teams are reportedly interested in signing him. Jim Borden, a columnist for The Athletic in the United States, predicted on Nov. 29 (KST) that Ryu will sign with the Kansas City Royals for one year and $8 million in incentives.

Despite being a former general manager, Borden’s projections are notoriously inaccurate. Most media outlets are projecting a deal in the $10 million-plus range. His choice of Kansas City, a small town far from a championship, is also unrealistic.토토사이트

Ryu, who is scheduled to make a decision on his residence on Dec. 20, leaving the door open for a possible return to Korea, reportedly wants a big-city team if he stays in the major leagues. Ryu, who gave birth to his first child, a daughter, in May 2020, followed by a son in September last year, is a father of two and the head of a family. He has to think about his children’s education as well as baseball, and it’s no wonder he prefers a big city with a good infrastructure.

On the same day, New York media outlet SNY reported that the New York Mets, who need to acquire up to three starting pitchers in the offseason, are looking at Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Jordan Montgomery, Shota Imanaga, Lucas Giolito, Luis Severino, Hyun-jin Ryu, Zach Flaherty (all free agents), Corbin Burns (Milwaukee Brewers), Dylan Sease (Chicago White Sox), and Tyler Glasnow (Tampa Bay Rays) as possible starting pitchers to acquire via free agency or trade this winter.

An offer from the Mets, who have ties to New York City, the largest city in the United States, would add further weight to Ryu’s decision to stay in the United States. The Mets, who slipped to fourth place in the National League East this year (75-87, .463 winning percentage), got rid of Cy Young Award duo Max Scherzer (Texas Rangers) and Justin Verlander (Houston Astros) before the trade deadline.

Under President of Baseball Operations David Stearns, who was hired after the season, the Mets are retooling for next season and are expected to pursue some immediate free agent starters. Unlike the St. Louis Cardinals, who have already signed three free agents (Sonny Gray, Kyle Gibson, and Lance Lynn), the Mets have been quiet so far, and there are plenty of starters on the market.

If Hyun-jin Ryu signs a free agent contract this year, it will likely be with the last team in the majors. He has a family, so he’ll have to weigh his options carefully. It will be interesting to see if Ryu, who has only played in big cities like Los Angeles and Toronto, decides to head to another big city team.

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