Ryu Hyun-jin was in the FA market and the US media sighed at the risk of losing 280 billion LAA.
Ryu Hyun-jin was also in the FA market at the time.’
The mega-contract, which the Los Angeles Angels had carried out with ambition, seems to be causing a “catastrophe.” The Angels have shown “big-handed” power in the FA market ahead of the 2020 season.
The Angels caught Anthony Rendon, 31, who was considered one of the “FA’s biggest fish” at the time. The Angels invested an astronomical amount of $245 million in Rendon over a decade. Rendon led the Washington Nationals to the World Series in 2019 with a batting average of .319 34 home runs and 126 RBIs.
By the way, Rendon is on the verge of “eating and running’. Rendon, who had a batting average of .286 nine home runs and 31 RBIs in the short season last year, batted .286 this year.He suffered a setback with 2406 home runs and 34 RBIs, and to make matters worse, he decided to undergo surgery on his right hip, which led to a season-out.
Then the U.S. sports media “Big Lead” pointed out on the 5th (Korean time) that the Angels signed a huge contract with Rendon.
The Angels argued that they made the wrong choice even though they needed to strengthen the mound rather than the batting line. “The Angels would have had a level of offense without Rendon, but their pitching power has been terrible recently. He is currently ranked 25th with a 4.75 ERA,” the media explained.
He added that it would have been better to recruit an ace pitcher like Ryu Hyun-jin. “The Angels were in the FA market including Garrett Cole, Jack Wheeler, Ryu Hyun-jin and Wade Miley in the off-season when they signed with Rendon. “Except for Cole, they are all players who have signed for a considerably lower price than Rendon.”
“This year, Ryu Hyun-jin has 11-5 ERA 3.22 and throws 123 innings to record 1.13 WHIP and 102 strikeouts,” the media said. “Ryu Hyun-jin and Miley are players who can start one or two at the Angels’ roster. If they were there, they would have relieved the pressure on Shohei Otani. If he had caught Ryu Hyun-jin and Miley instead of Rendon, he would have reduced the burden of Otani, who doubles as two batters.
This evaluation is also possible because Ryu Hyun-jin has been playing steadily even after signing an FA contract with the Toronto Blue Jays for four years and $80 million. Ryu Hyun-jin pitched seven hits, eight strikeouts, and two runs in seven innings against the Cleveland Indians on the 4th and is cruising with his 11th win of the season.