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.
Blue Jays are among teams in on Hyun-Jin Ryu. Second place Cy Young finisher has been a bit under the radar so far.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2019
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.
Asked if #BlueJays could be in the upper tier of the FA market or spend in the $100m range, Atkins replied: “Yes, we have that flexibility."
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) December 4, 2019
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.