The destination of pitchers who are considered the “big two left-handers” in the FA market is expected to be decided soon. In particular, Jordan Montgomery’s contract is expected to be signed quickly. The same applies to Blake Snell, 32. If their new team is decided, Ryu Hyun-jin’s team may be decided quickly.
MLB.com , the official major league website, reported on the 9th (Korea Standard Time) that “one of the FA’s best pitchers is likely to sign within a few days.” It is Montgomery. The media predicted that Montgomery will sign a new team within next week.
“According to reporters Mark Feinsand and John Paul Morosi, the FA market is moving slowly this offseason, but one pitcher will be signing soon next week,” MLB.com reported. “There is a good chance Montgomery will sign,” Feinsand said. Montgomery plans to participate in spring training where pitchers and catchers will participate after finding his new team.라바카지노주소
Montgomery’s most influential destination is the Texas Rangers, his original team. Montgomery has good memories in the Texas Rangers. The New York Yankees selected him as the 122nd pick in four rounds in the 2014 draft, and he made his big league debut in 2017. Montgomery, who continued his big league career by wearing the Yankees’ pin-strip uniform, moved to the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2022 season.
Then, he moved back to Texas mid-2023. Texas hired Montgomery for a presidential bid and beefed up its starting rotation. Montgomery had four wins and two losses with a 2.79 ERA in 11 games since the trade. He pitched in six games and posted a 3-1 record with a 2.90 ERA. He displayed ace-class pitching. With Montgomery’s stellar performance, Texas won its first World Series title in its history.
“I believe Montgomery will sign by Thursday (May 15). Pitchers generally need more time during spring training to prepare for the regular season,” Morosi said, predicting that Montgomery will sign with the Texas Rangers.
Snell’s destination was also expected to be decided soon. Snell also has to participate in spring training. He played 180 innings in 32 games during the 2023 season, and 14 wins, nine losses, and an ERA of 2.25. He recorded 234 strikeouts and posted a 0.181 hit ratio. Based on his performance, he won the National League Cy Young Award.
Morosi said, “Montgomery and Snell will sign before the opening of the regular season. Although the FA market did not unfold as expected, both Montgomery and Snell are young enough players and have had successful careers. We can do better in the 2024 season. If we sign early and prepare for the opening of the regular season, our performance can be better.”
Many teams want left-handed starters. The Philadelphia Phillies have also reportedly expressed interest in recruiting left-handed pitchers recently. The Boston Red Sox also want to beef up starting pitchers. “There was a rumor going around that the Philadelphia Phillies are aiming to recruit Montgomery or Snell,” Feinsand said.
Once Montgomery and Snell are in the team, Ryu’s destination is also expected. Ryu came to the FA market after his four-year, $80 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays ended ahead of the 2020 season. He wants to stay in the Major League, but he has yet to sign a contract. However, Scott Boras, Ryu’s agent, said he was confident that Ryu would continue his career in the Major League.
As Boras said, “Healthy Ryu Hyun-jin” was still an attractive pitcher. After receiving ligament in his elbow during the 2022 season, Ryu returned healthy in August 2023 after a long rehabilitation. While many expected Ryu would not be able to maintain his skills due to his age in his late 30s and the aftermath of his injury, Ryu continued to play on the mound showing off his sophisticated control.
Ryu played 52 innings in 11 games during the 2023 season, and won 3 games and lost 3 games with an ERA of 3.46. His fastball speed remained at around 140 kilometers, but he froze Major League batters with his swordplay that penetrated every corner of the strike zone. On top of that, he used a slow but sharp curveball, causing batters to swing their bat. Changeup, his main weapon, also seemed to be getting sharper.
Ryu has proven himself competitive as ever. Rich experience is another strength. Making his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, Ryu played in 186 games during 10 seasons with 78 wins and 48 losses with an ERA of 3.27.
While Ryu Hyun-jin has yet to find a new team, it has been argued that the New York Yankees should recruit Ryu Hyun-jin to strengthen the starting rotation. The U.S. media “Sports Illustrated” emphasized, “The Yankees have improved their starting rotation by recruiting FA pitcher Marcus Stroman, but they still need to strengthen their power,” adding, “If you want to strengthen the starting lineup at a low cost, why don’t you sign a contract with Ryu Hyun-jin?” and said, “The Yankees should recruit Ryu Hyun-jin.”
Last season, Yankees starting pitchers had an ERA of 4.44. This is the 10th among 15 American League teams. Despite poor performance by starting pitchers, Yankees won 82-80 games and posted a 0.506 win rate. They failed to advance to the postseason. If they want to rebound this year, they need to strengthen their starting pitchers.
In addition, the San Diego Padres, Texas and San Francisco Giants are considered Ryu’s destinations. Attention is focusing on whether Ryu will be able to sign a new team before the spring training.