Dodgers Free Agent Hyun-Jin Ryu Heavily Coveted By AL East Team

Big surprise spender could land Korean lefty

Quietly on Wednesday, some Hyun-Jin Ryu whispers trickled out of the busy MLB off-season talk. Nevertheless, Jon Heyman was a busy individual in updating everyone on the latest in the Ryu sweepstakes; with so much focus seemingly on Gerrit Cole among others.

Notably, Heyman says that the Toronto Blue Jays have surfaced as a player in the Ryu negotiations. Therefore, here is the tweet where Heyman announced the Blue Jays’ presence on the Korean Monster.

Equally important, the Toronto Blue Jays’ general manager Ross Atkins spoke with the media on Wednesday. One of the primary topics of his discussion were that the Blue Jays could spend up to $100 million dollars on the free agent market. These remarks were reported by Shi Davidi on twitter, who covers the Blue Jays.

Indeed, this is not the first time that Toronto has said they would like to land a major free agent or two this winter. Moreover, their focus is to land not one; but two starting pitchers.

Notably, Atkins adds that Toronto has touched base with every free agent starting pitcher on the market. All of this means that not only has Toronto spoken with Ryu, but they likely believe they have a shot at landing the 32-year old free agent who is coming off a season where he finished second in NL Cy Young voting.

As Heyman points out, Ryu has flown under the radar. While many teams are working hard for Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Zack Wheeler (who signed with Philadelphia on Wednesday); it seems wise that Toronto would spend their energy on Ryu while they can.

Don’t be surprised to see Toronto make a splash – or every attempt at one – with all that money they are talking openly about spending.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. The market is already closing on the top 5 or 6 starters. And it sounds like the Angels want to outbid everyone for Cole. Might be time to see what Strasburg would take. And then look for a trade for Joc + prospects. Can’t let May go. Or Lux.

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