Ryu, who turns 33 in March, joins the Blue Jays after six seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation. Last season, the South Korean finished second in National League Cy Young voting after posting a 14-5 record with a 2.32 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 29 starts.
The Blue Jays’ mission this off-season was to rebuild a rotation that finished the season without any veteran arms in it after the departures of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez at the trade deadline. While the team was tied to seemingly every free-agent pitcher not named Gerrit Cole — and even in trade rumours regarding David Price — they had yet to add a lot-line starter. Until now.
Ryu is the fourth pitcher the Blue Jays have acquired this winter — joining Tanner Roark, Chase Anderson and Shun Yamaguchi — and should be on the mound for Opening Day if all goes well.
Ryu’s $80-million deal represents the largest financial commitment made by the current Blue Jays leadership group and is the third largest contract signed in franchise history.