The Dodgers offered qualifying offers to two of their free agents this winter. Left handed starter Hyun-jin Ryu was one of them. The other was catcher Yasmani Grandal. While it is expected that Grandal will reject the offer to test the free agent market, reports are indicating that Ryu will indeed accept the 17.9 million dollar qualifying offer from the Dodgers. The deadline for players to inform clubs of their decision is this afternoon at 2PM PST.
That seems like a good bet for both sides. Ryu has been with the Dodgers since inking a contract in 2013 and has been one of their most quality pitching performers. Unfortunately injuries have derailed his career over the last several seasons. Most notably a major groin tear knocked him out of action for most of the 2018 season. He’s also battled back from shoulder surgery which nearly ended his career.
When he was healthy Ryu was one of the Dodger’s best starters this season. Ryu only toed the rubber in 15 games in 2018 for the boys in blue but posted a 1.97 ERA and struck out 9.7 batters per nine across 82.1 excellent frames. Ryu posted a 7-3 record with a 3.00 FIP while allowing 7.4 hits per nine and issuing just 15 walks. The southpaw struck out 89 and walked only 1.6 per nine as well.
Nothing official yet, but source says Hyun-Jin Ryu will "most likely" accept the $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers by today's 5pm ET deadline.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 12, 2018
Overall since 2013 Ryu has posted a 40-28 record with a 3.20 ERA and struck out 8.1 per nine. He’s notched 502 strikeouts and posted a 1.2 WHIP, which included a 1.008 WHIP during his fine 2018 campaign. Ryu has never posted an ERA higher than 3.77 in any year he’s made more than one start, his injury riddled 2016 season notwithstanding.
Ryu made four starts for the Dodgers in the postseason, including two in the NLCS and one in the World Series against Boston. While he did toss seven shutout innings against the Braves in the opening game of the NLDS, he struggled throughout the rest of the postseason. He posted an 8.59 ERA in the NLCS against the Brewers and a 7.71 ERA in the World Series. Ryu earned 7.8 million dollars in 2018 and is 31-years old. If healthy Ryu should become another solid rotation piece for the Dodgers again in 2019. It stands to reason that this is a logical move for both sides after the Korean’s excellent season. The Dodgers like Ryu, and Ryu likes the Dodgers.