Left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu has signed a 4-year/$80 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. As a 32-year-old pitcher, Ryu had his best season in 2019 leading the league in ERA at 2.32. Let’s take a look at what the Korean star brings to his new team.
The Toronto Blue Jays entered the 2019 season with low expectations in a rebuilding year, so their 67-95 record was not surprising. The bright spot of the season was the development of promising young hitters like Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The lackluster performance by the starting rotation was the main negative of this past year. Let’s delve further into Year Two of the rebuild for the Blue Jays.
Our “Into the 80s” series rolls on. The fourth team to join the 80-win-club is the Atlanta Braves. When Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies, most of the national media picked Philly to win the NL East. What the media didn’t say is that the Braves won the NL East last season. Harper may have made you forget about Ronald Acuña, Jr. and his team. At 80-53, they are behind the Dodgers, Astros, and the Yankees, but are still a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading →
With September looming and pennant races tightening, it’s almost time for major league rosters to expand from 25 to 40. So I am going to give you a series of articles breaking down the likely most impactful September Call-Ups for all 30 teams. Let’s start with the American League East. Continue reading →
A typical Friday awaits us tonight as a full schedule of games is on tap. Paying up for pitching is very likely the strategy tonight as there is no shortage of good to great arms available to us. Let’s break down some picks and try to budget our salaries accordingly, we all know what we gotta do, it’s time to go Around the Horn! Continue reading →
Not much to be said today as far as an intro goes. The title speaks for itself. I’ll be taking a studs and scrubs approach tonight, especially when it comes to pitching. There aren’t a whole lot of options to like. So, why not pay all the way down? Continue reading →
It has become a recurrent theme in trade negotiations between contending and rebuilding teams: “Prospect X is untouchable.” Teams have become increasingly reluctant to trade their top prospects in an effort to inch closer to a championship. Front offices are trying to do the same thing: construct a roster that is filled with young and talented players at below-market value contracts. This philosophy of risk-aversion, prospect accumulation, and player development is having a negative impact on Major League Baseball. Continue reading →