Blue Jays reportedly sign Korean starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to four-year, $80M deal

Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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The Blue Jays reportedly signed free-agent starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu Sunday night to a four-year deal worth US$80 million, according to the MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

The Korean lefty gives the Blue Jays a front of the rotation starter, joining the likes of off-season acquisitions Chase Anderson and Tanner Roark.

Ryu led the majors in earned-run average during a breakout 2019 season, finishing at 2.32, and he was the runner-up for the National League Cy Young Award and a mid-season all-star. The 32-year-old went 14-5 with 163 strikeouts in 182.2 innings with the Dodgers.

In six seasons with the Dodgers, Ryu went 54-33 with a 2.98 ERA. He was a star in the Korea Baseball Organization before joining the Dodgers, going 98-52 in seven seasons.

News of the signing comes the same day as the Jays inking infielder Travis Shaw to a one-year-contract.

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