December 5, 2021

Sources — LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu agrees to 4-year, $80M deal with Blue Jays (ESPN)

Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Toronto Blue Jays are in agreement on a four-year, $80 million contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

A groin injury robbed Ryu of 15 weeks in 2018, but he stayed healthy throughout 2019 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was among the best pitchers in the National League.

Ryu, who had returned to the Dodgers after accepting a qualifying offer, made his first All-Star team last summer. He finished the season with a 14-5 mark and an NL-best 2.32 ERA, walked only 24 batters and had 163 strikeouts in 182⅔ innings. He completed at least seven innings without allowing more than three runs in 15 of his 29 starts.

Ryu, 32, is not overpowering, but he possesses expert command of up to five pitches, all of which he can locate precisely. He has a 2.21 ERA since the start of the 2018 season, a mark topped only by New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

Ryu was a star in South Korea when the Dodgers signed him in December 2012. He pitched effectively during his…

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