Ryu Hyun-jin’s (35) team, the Toronto Blue Jays, are not over with their selection. This time, he is showing interest in recruiting a pitcher with a career of 143 wins.
Traderumors (MLBTR), which deals with major league transfer news, wrote on the 15th (Korean time) that “Toronto showed interest in signing veteran Johnny Cueto (34).”
Cueto is one of the starting pitchers representing the major leagues. He pitched in 355 career games (353 starts), posting a 143-107 record of 2192⅔ innings with an earned run average of 3.44 with 1812 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.21. He won 19 wins in the 2012 season with the Cincinnati Reds, 20 wins in the 2014 season, and 18 wins with the San Francisco Giants in 2016, drawing attention from many. 메이저놀이터
Although he was in his mid-30s, he proved his competitiveness as a starting pitcher by recording an average ERA of 3.35 in 158⅓ innings with 8 wins and 10 losses in the Chicago White Sox uniform this season.
MLBTR said, “Toronto has strengthened its starting rotation by signing a three-year, $63 million (approximately 82 billion won) contract with Chris Bassett, but it may not be over yet. Recently, they are showing interest in Cueto.”
“Toronto has Alec Manoa, Kevin Gaussman, Jose Berios, and Bassett fixed to the 4th starter unless they are injured, but the last 5th starter spot is empty. Yusei Kikuchi struggled back and forth between the starter and bullpen this year, Mitch White has been sluggish with an ERA of 7.74 since his trade transfer from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hyun-Jin Ryu was out due to Tommy June surgery last June, and Nate Pearson is one of the best prospects, but he hasn’t pitched 50 innings in three years due to frequent injuries. Toronto, which is aiming for Winnow in the U.S., can recruit veteran Cueto with stable skills.”
Toronto is currently looking for Winnow. Recently, they have reached the luxury tax limit by recruiting Bassett and outfielder Kevin Kiermeier, but they will definitely see results with more investments. Toronto President Mark Shapiro expressed his positive thoughts on additional investment, saying, “CBT (the sum of the annual salary rather than the salary received by the players for that season) is not an obstacle. There will be unprecedented salary support and growth in the history of the franchise.”
Fans are interested in whether Toronto can reinforce the starting lineup by recruiting a stable veteran starting pitcher.