The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly agreed to a contract worth $80 million over 4 years with starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu. The signing of Gerrit Cole turned all the attention for rotation-arm-needy teams straight to Hyun-jin Ryu as the top starting pitcher in free agency. Ryu comes over from the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he has pitched since coming over to the MLB from Japan as an international free agent back in 2013. Joining the pitcher-needy Blue Jays, Ryu should slide right into the top rotation spot. Chase Anderson, Ryan Borucki, Trent Thornton, Matt Schoemaker round out the rotation as well as off-season acquisition Shun Yamaguchi.
When Ryu was on the field for the Dodgers, he was a very good pitcher. The issue for him has been staying healthy. He missed 2015 with shoulder surgery and in 2016 he suffered a left elbow injury which needed surgery. He has a career 2.98 ERA to go with a 1.16 WHIP, his only problem is if he can throw 200 innings again or at least provide 150 innings. If his health stays in line, this could look like a steal of a signing for the Blue Jays. Who by the looks of it, think they have a chance to compete quicker than we all expected.