Toronto reinforces selection again… What’s more than Ryu Hyun-jin’s seat?
- on Dec 14, 2022
Ryu Hyun-jin’s team, the Toronto Blue Jays, once again started to reinforce the starting lineup.
Toronto announced on the 13th (hereinafter Korean time) that it had signed a contract with free agent pitcher Chris Bassett (33) for 63 million dollars (approximately 82.4 billion won) for three years.
Bassett, who was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his life last year with a record of 12-4 with a 3.15 ERA in Oakland, was traded to the New York Mets this season and recorded a career high with 15-9 with a 3.42 ERA.
With the addition of Bassett, Toronto has built a richer starting lineup. This can be a definite strength in the American League East, which is called the district of death.
Toronto recorded 92 wins and 70 losses this season, finishing second in the Eastern Division following the New York Yankees, confirming their entry into the Wild Card Series. However, the fall baseball ended early by withdrawing from the wild 안전놀이터 card series against Seattle with a two-game losing streak. In the 1st and 2nd games, Alec Manoa and Kevin Gausman came out, but it was regrettable that both pitchers collapsed with 4 runs.
The reason why Toronto started recruiting a starting pitcher again is interpreted in order to build a regular season multiplier more stably.
Toronto’s team ERA this season was 3.87, ranking 15th among 30 major league teams, and the starting pitchers with a combined ERA of 3.98 were also average at 18th.
It was nice that a young pitcher named Alec Manoa appeared and played the role of an ace, but it was painful that Ryu Hyun-jin, who had high expectations, left the team early due to an injury, and that Yusei Kikuchi and Jose Berrios were sluggish.
Toronto expects that if Manoa continues to play an active role next season, he can form a one-two punch with Kevin Gaussman, and Bassett, who has been recruited this time, will serve as a 3-4 starter. If Berrios and Kikuchi succeed in reviving, a perfect 5-choice system will be completed.
I am also curious about Ryu Hyun-jin’s move. Ryu Hyun-jin, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, cannot return until the first half because he needs at least 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation. If his rehabilitation goes smoothly and he returns in the second half, he can be of great help to the team.
Above all, Ryu Hyun-jin is clearly motivated to prove his worth as next season is the final year of his 4-year ($80 million) contract.