“Ryu Hyun-jin, isn’t it a failed contract?” 4th out of 29 FA → “Weeper” than Springer (7th) and Kikuchi (13th)

The Toronto Blue Jays’ free agent signing of Hyun-jin Ryu was not a bad deal. It’s an analysis that caught my eye because it comes from a fairly reputable source.

The Athletic’s Caitlin McGrath, who covers the Blue Jays, published a ranking of the 29 free agent signings made during general manager Ross Atkins’ tenure on April 26. Atkins is in his ninth stint as GM, having been hired in December 2015.레모나토토 도메인

According to the report, Ryu Hyun-jin’s four-year, $80 million contract (2019) was ranked fourth. It was a decent signing for the money, and overall, it ranks in the top 15%.

This outlet is highly credible and influential among MLB fans. This is definitely good news for Ryu as he looks for a new team this winter. It could also have a positive impact on his chances of staying in Toronto.

As the outlet notes, “Ryu has posted a 3.97 ERA in 60 starts over four seasons, despite being limited by the pandemic and injuries. While it’s reasonable to expect more from him, his signing was a major turning point in the organization’s willingness to invest, and it marks the beginning of a new era for the Blue Jays.”

In his offseason outlook after last month’s wild-card loss, Atkins said, “We will miss Chapman, Belt and Keirmeier. We’re going to do a lot of things to fill the void they leave,” Atkins said, leaving the door open for Hyun-jin Ryu to stay, saying, “He could be one of our options.”

He signed a second contract with the Blue Jays in 2021, extending his deal through 2026. He has reached the postseason three times in the last four years, and president Mark Shapiro has guaranteed him a new contract after this season.

Topping the list is left-hander Robbie Ray’s 2020 contract. Acquired in a cash trade from the D-backs, Ray signed a one-year, $8 million deal and hit the jackpot the following year in 2021. He went 13-7 with a 2.84 ERA and won the American League Cy Young Award.

The runner-up is also on a one-year deal. Marcus Simien signed for $18 million in 2021. That year, Simien played in all 162 games and had his best season with 45 home runs. He slashed .265-0.334-0.538 (on-base) and won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at second base. His 6.6 fWAR and 7.2 bWAR were highly winnable, and he finished third in MVP voting.

In third place is right-hander Kevin Gausman’s five-year, $110 million contract for 2021. McGrath writes, “According to Fangraphs.com, Gaussman has been worth $87 million in the first two years of the deal. That means he’s already earned close to that total.”

George Springer’s six-year, $150 million contract, the largest of Atkins’ tenure, was ranked seventh. “Through three years, halfway through the contract, Springer has a cumulative win differential of 9.0 in fWAR terms. Fangraphs.com translates that into a value of $71 million. That’s a little less than half of his contract total, but with three years remaining, it’s too early to fully evaluate.”

Atkins’ worst free agent signing was Tanner Roark in 2019. He signed for two years and $24 million, but never pitched well. He was designated for assignment (DFA) in late April after going 2-3 in 11 games in his first year (2020) and just one win the following year.

Meanwhile, the 2018 signing of Oh Seung-hwan was the 12th best deal in baseball. He spent a year in the bullpen, going 4-3 with a 2.68 ERA in 47 games. Seung-hwan Oh left St. Louis and reached an agreement with Texas, but the deal fell through after he failed a medical test. It wasn’t until late February that the deal was finalized.

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