Clayton Kershaw has reunited with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers announced on Wednesday (Korea time) that it would renew its contract with Kershaw. Kershaw, who was in the free agent market, signed a one-year, five-million-dollar contract. It also includes an option. If Kershaw activates his option, it will be a one-plus-one-year, 10 million-dollar contract.마카오토토
Kershaw is about to start spring training. Kershaw has teamed up with the Dodgers, his most friendly team. However, there is one veteran left-hander who has yet to find his own team. It is Ryu Hyun-jin. He has been linked to many clubs including the New York Mets, Miami Marlins, and Baltimore Orioles, but has yet to sign a contract.
“FA Ryu Hyun-jin is looking for a potential suitor for the upcoming 2024 season,” the U.S. media “SportsKida” said on the 11th. According to John Hayman of the New York Post, the San Diego Padres are showing interest in Ryu Hyun-jin.
“There were reports that San Diego was also linked to Boston Red Sox outfielders Jarran Duran and Closer Kenley Jansen, but Heyman thinks Ryu Hyun-jin is a more logical option for San Diego,” he said.
Ryu, who was out of the team due to elbow injury in the middle of the 2022 season, returned to the team after long rehabilitation in August 2023. He pitched in 11 games last season, recording 3 wins, 3 losses, and 52 innings with 38 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.46 WHIP. It was a successful return.
In particular, he excelled in August. He won three games, one loss, and 24 innings, with 11 runs (six earned) with five strikeouts and an ERA of 2.25 WHIP 1.00. He won the home game against the Chicago Cubs, his third appearance since his return, in 444 days, and has won three consecutive games since then.
He had no chance to win in September. He allowed four hits (one homer) in five innings, three strikeouts and two runs on four walks in an away game against the Colorado Rockies, and five walks and five strikeouts in five innings against the Oakland Athletics, before achieving his first quality start (QS, six innings and three earned runs or more) by allowing five hits (one homer) and five strikeouts and three runs in six innings against the Texas Rangers.
Since then, he has been on the verge of sending out a runner in every inning against the Boston Red Sox, but has shown off his crisis management ability throughout four ⅔ without allowing a run. In two games against the Tampa Bay Rays, however, he allowed five runs in four ⅓ and two runs in three innings, respectively.
“Ryu Hyun-jin underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2022 and returned to the mound in August 2023. Before becoming an FA, he recorded an ERA of 3.46 in 52 innings in 11 games,” he said. “Ryu Hyun-jin’s heyday is over, but he is still a good starting pitcher.”
However, he cited the risk of injury as his problem. Media outlets said Ryu’s only problem is that he cannot stay healthy. “He missed some of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to left shoulder surgery and tendinitis in his elbow. His four-seam fastball speed was 88.6 miles (142 kilometers/h) last season, the lowest in his career.”
Will Ryu be able to join hands with the San Diego Padres to share a meal with Kim Ha-sung and Ko Woo-seok? “Spring training is just around the corner. It is still unclear which team will be signed this off-season,” said Sports Kida.