The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly agreed to terms of a four-year, $80 million contract with left-handed starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Blue Jays have captured the last reputable starter on the 2019-20 free-agent market who will take home a significant amount of money. The deal reportedly includes a full no-trade clause for Ryu as well as no opt-outs within the agreement to hopefully keep him in Toronto for all four years. Jon Heyman of MLB Network was the first to report the two sides coming to an agreement as well as the financial information of the contract.
Breaking: Ryu to Jays. 80M, 4 years.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 23, 2019
The 2019 season saw the Los Angeles Dodgers getting a solid season from Ryu, where he posted Cy Young numbers. Over 29 starts, he would manage a 14-5 record with 2.32 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 163 punch outs through 182.2 innings of work. Ryu would ultimately finish second in the 2019 Cy Young Award voting behind New York Mets phenom Jacob deGrom who would take home the honors. Ryu will look to be a force in the Blue Jays rotation who most notably lost Marcus Stroman this past season in a trade with none other than the Mets.
The Blue Jays rotation has been making some improvements this offseason as they look to shift gears back into a mode of competition. With a crop of young talent like rising star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and rising star Bo Bichette headlining the rebuild, the Blue Jays think their time is soon. They have added Chase Anderson and signed Tanner Roark this offseason to help bolster down a weak rotation.