Hyun-Jin Ryu had a stellar 2019 season and although the Cy Young runner-up wasn’t considered in the top tier of this year’s free agents, he is still expected to land a contract in the neighborhood of $20 million per year. It’s been questioned how committed the Dodgers are to keeping Ryu, but Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reported that the 32-year-old starting pitcher has engaged in talks with at least eight teams, including the Los Angeles Angels.
The best chance the Angels have at this working out is if…
1. Mickey Callaway is even more impactful than we realized.
2. Hyun Jin Ryu is signed.
3. Patrick Sandoval or Jaime Barria have a breakout year.
As it isn't stands, this looks like an 85-ish win team. Not good enough.
— Scott (@ScottyA_AW) December 19, 2019
Ryu would likely immediately step into the number one spot on the Angels rotation and become their ace. He had 163 strikeouts and allowed 47 runs through 29 starts for a league-low 2.32 ERA.
There’s no question that Ryu can be one of the best arms in the major leagues when healthy, he proved that in 2019. The question that remains is if he can stay healthy. He surpassed 150 innings pitched for just the third time in his six year career last season, his first time reaching that mark since 2014.
But if Ryu can consistently perform like he did in 2019, then 29 major league clubs should be put on notice when he’s picked up.