By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Hyun-jin Ryu has signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He has signed a four-year deal with the team.
It is reportedly worth $80 million. Also, included in the package is a full no-trade clause, according to USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightendale.
He is also reporting that there will no opt-outs in the contract. This means he will spend the next four seasons, barring a trade or a release, with the Blue Jays.
This is the second Blue Jays over seas pitching addition during the off-season. The team signed Shun Yamaguchi, who is expected to compete for a rotation spot, according to the Toronto Sun.
Toronto also made a free agent signing earlier on Sunday when the team signed free agent infielder Travis Shaw. He received a one-year, $5 million deal.
The 32-year-old Incheon, South Korea pitcher spent his entire six-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers before this transaction. The 2020 season will be the first-time that he’ll pitch in the American League.
In 2019, he went 14-5 in 29 starts. He also had one complete game and one shutout with a 2.32 ERA.
Ryu allowed 53 runs (47 earned runs), including 17 home runs) on 160 hits over 182 2/3 innings. He also struck out 163 batters and walked 24.
He went to the All-Star game for the first-time in his career. He finished second in the Cy Young Award National League voting behind New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom.
The 14-5 record was his best season since the 2014 season. That season, he went 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA.
In 2013 and 2014, he had back-to-back 14 win seasons. However, after missing the 2015 season, he had 12 wins from 2016-2018 before his breakout season in 2019.