How willing are the Toronto Blue Jays to renew Ryu Hyun-jin’s contract? Also, is there any money to give to Ryu Hyun-jin?
With the World Series opening on the 28th (hereinafter Korean time), the issue of the future of players ahead of free agency is constantly being raised through local media. Ryu Hyun-jin is also mentioned as a free agent attracting attention.
In a Q&A corner with readers on the 27th, Sportsnet, a leading Canadian media, asked Ryu Hyun-jin by answering the question, ‘Will Toronto renew any of its internal free agents?’ by replying, ‘It cannot be ruled out, but it is difficult to think that it will be entirely possible.’ mentioned.
Reporter Shai Davidi, who wrote the article, said, ‘General manager Ross Atkins made the mistake of describing players about to become free agents as players of the past in the season-ending interview, but later took back that statement and claimed that Ryu Hyun-jin could be an alternative for the team. He said, “It has been done before.”
In other words, when asked about the Toronto club’s plan to approach five major internal free agents, including Ryu Hyun-jin, Matt Chapman, Brandon Belt, Kevin Kiermaier, and Jordan Hicks, General Manager Atkins referred to them as ‘former players’ and implied that he had no intention of renewing their contracts. A few days later, the possibility of renewing Ryu Hyun-jin’s contract was mentioned.
However, reporter Davidi focused on relief pitcher Chad Green in this corner. This is about the complicated option method that Green or the club can exercise five days after the end of this World Series.
Toronto has a team option on Green worth $27 million over three years from 2024 to 2026. If he gives up that option, Green can pick up a $6.25 million player option for 2024. In this case, a $2 million bonus clause is included depending on the game played. If he gives up his player option, Toronto will again have a team option worth $21 million over two years from 2024 to 2025.
Reporter Davidi said, “Toronto is expected to exercise one of the team options considering that Green is giving up his player option,” and added, “Whichever option is chosen, the available money will be used up, and in the end, the club will sign a three-year contract with a low average salary.” ‘It is a question of choosing between a two-year contract with a high average annual salary,’ he explained.
Meanwhile, Toronto plans to maintain next year’s payroll at a similar level to this year. Toronto’s payroll this year was approximately $250 million. It exceeded the luxury tax imposition standard of $233 million, but next year, the standard will be raised to $237 million, and the second upper limit is $257 million. Toronto is expected to meet its payroll in the $250 million range.
Reporter Davidi said, ‘Combining the total annual salary of 7 players with contracts for next year of $115 million and the expected total annual salary of 13 players eligible for annual salary adjustment of $61.4 million next year, the current salary amount is about $205 million. It is counted. Therefore, if we set it at $250 million, the surplus is $45 million. He predicted that this amount is appropriate to fill the necessary areas.스포츠토토
At this point, could renewing the contract with Ryu Hyun-jin also be an option? Toronto’s 1st to 4th starters are set, so they only need to decide on the 5th starter. Candidates include young pitchers such as Alec Manoa, Nate Pearson, and Ricky Tidman. If veteran Ryu Hyun-jin is signed as insurance, the starting depth can be further strengthened.
However, the will toward Ryu Hyun-jin does not seem that strong. Moreover, Ryu Hyun-jin’s ransom is approximately more than $10 million. If it is 1+1 year, a total of more than 20 million dollars must be paid over 2 years. Ryu Hyun-jin returned from Tommy John surgery in early August and pitched 52 innings in 11 games, recording 3 wins and 3 losses and an ERA of 3.46.