It finally happened. The Blue Jays made their big, off-season splash that the front office had been hinting at, inking 2019 National League Cy Young runner-up Hyun-Jin Ryu to a four-year deal worth $80 million.
Mark Shapiro spoke about how there would be payroll flexibility to work with this winter, but many were skeptical that the front office would be in on marquee free agents. After a couple months of free agency rolling by and only a slightly used Tanner Roark and a bunch of we’re being aggressive quotes to show for it, there was worry the Jays would enter 2020 just as they left 2019 — mediocre.
But then this happened. Ryu was one of the best starters in Major League Baseball last season. He finished behind Jacob de Grom for NL Cy Young thanks to a sparkling 2.32 ERA. If not for a minor injury and a couple of bad starts late in the season, Ryu is probably remembered as the best National League starter in 2019.
There’s no other way to put it. This deal is incredibly exciting. Ryu’s contract is the biggest one handed out by the Shapiro front office and it also represents the …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation