Lee Jung-hoo → Ray → Hicks, but will he reach out to SF and Ryu Hyun-jin who are not satisfied

The San Francisco Giants of the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), which is seeking to change its power through free agency trade, is set to continue strengthening its power. There is also a possibility that the Giants will join hands with Ryu Hyun-jin, the “Korean Monster.”

Local media in the U.S., including Major League Baseball’s official website MLB.com , said on the 13th (Korea time), “San Francisco has agreed to a four-year contract worth 44 million dollars (about 57.9 billion won).” The contract reportedly includes an annual performance bonus of 2 million dollars for pitching innings.

Hicks had a successful season with three wins, four losses and a 3.59 ERA in 73 games and 77 ⅔ in 2018, his first year in the big league, and posted his first double-digit save since his debut with two wins, two losses and three holds with a 3.14 ERA in 28 ⅔ in 29 games. However, he ended the season early in June that year due to Tommy John surgery.

After returning to the mound in the 2021 season, Hicks recorded an ERA of 5.40 in 10 games and 10 innings in that year, and in the following year, he recorded an ERA of 3 wins, 6 losses and 8 holds of 4.84 in 61 ⅓ in 35 games, exceeding 60 innings for the first time in four years. Last year, he recorded an ERA of 3 wins, 9 losses, 13 holds, 12 saves, and an ERA of 3.29 in 65 ⅔ and 65 innings.랭크카지노

Notably, Hicks is one of the most powerful pitching pitchers in the Major League, and he threw a 105-mile-per-hour pitch twice. As long as there is no problem with durability, San Francisco will likely make good use of Hicks in its bullpen.

Prior to the recruitment of Hicks, San Francisco Giants made a total of two moves. The first was to have Lee Jung-hoo, the “grandchild of the wind.” San Francisco has been showing interest in Lee Jung-hoo since early last year to reinforce its outfield and batting lineup, and its general manager Pete Putilla came to Korea to closely monitor Lee Jung-hoo. More than any other team, Lee Jung-hoo was truly sincere.

Just by looking at the size of the contract, it shows that the club has high expectations. It was worth a total of 113 million U.S. dollars for six years. The amount exceeded expectations given that the team had not made its debut in the big league. Lee Jung-hoo, who received an offer from the U.S. after the posting system (closed competitive bidding), was so happy when he heard the amount that he collapsed on the spot and covered his head with joy.

As such, he feels much more responsible. Lee Jung-hoo, who is already drawing attention as a main player of the team, said, “I am grateful that the team takes care of me a lot. As much as you have invested in me, I think I should show you a play that matches that,” adding, “I felt that the leader wanted me the most in coming to Korea and negotiating with him. Even if I can’t tell you the details, I think I decided quickly because I thought it was an honor to play for such a team with a long history.”

“Our plan is for Lee to play center field every day from the opening game of the 2024 season,” said Farhan Zaidi, president of San Francisco, who attended the press conference for Lee’s joining the team. “Our team needed a player who was capable of making contact in an aggressive aspect. It is also the kind of baseball that the Major League pursues recently. During the off-season, the player we wanted to recruit the most was Lee Jung-hoo.”

Coach Melvin, who appeared on a podcast in the U.S. on the 22nd of last month, said, “After recruiting Lee Jung-hoo, I wrote several lineups, and in any case, Lee Jung-hoo was the first hitter. It’s a comfortable batting order for Lee Jung-hoo, and Lee Jung-hoo has played (in the KBO League),” expressing his intention to use Lee Jung-hoo as a leadoff.

Local media in the U.S. predict that there will be nothing strange about Lee Jung-hoo taking the leadoff and center field. MLB.com predicted Lee Jung-hoo’s deployment of the leadoff, saying, “The 25-year-old outfielder posted an explosive slash line with a career batting average of 0.340, an on-base percentage of 0.407 and a slugging percentage of 0.491 during his KBO career, but he has never recorded a batting average of 0.318 or less in any season.”

It was on the 6th that San Francisco, which had been quiet after embracing Lee Jung-hoo, moved again. It strengthened the mound by carrying out a trade with the Seattle Mariners. Outfielder Mitch Hanniger and right-hander Anthony Desclafani headed to Seattle, and Ray moved to San Francisco. In addition, San Francisco decided to pay Seattle 3 million won for annual salary subsidies.

Ray made his big league debut as a member of the Detroit Tigers in 2014, and continued his career with the Seattle Mariners after playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks-Toronto Blue Jays. His overall big league record is 74 wins, 71 losses and 3.96 ERA in 1,228 innings in 226 games.

Ray started as a starter in 2015 when he was playing for Arizona, and in 2017, he posted double-digit wins (15 wins) for the first time since his debut. He continued to rotate starting pitchers in 2019, and garnered 12 wins.

Ray, who moved to Toronto during the 2020 season, served as a starting pitcher along with Ryu Hyun-jin. Notably, he pitched well with 13 wins, seven losses and a 2.84 ERA in 193 ⅓ innings in 32 games in 2021, becoming the winner of the American League Cy Young Award.

However, the only problem was after that. Ray, who joined hands with Seattle for a total of 115 million dollars over five years, played his part with 12 wins, 12 losses and an ERA of 3.71 in 189 innings in 2022, but only pitched in one game last year. Reason is an elbow injury. Ray ended his season early last May when he underwent surgery to join tendon in his left elbow.

Considering that the rehabilitation period of players who underwent elbow ligament joint surgery is generally more than a year, Ray’s return is expected to be around June at the earliest. In other words, San Francisco took the risk even though it knew that Ray could not be used for more than two months after the season opened.

Alex Cobb, who underwent hip surgery, will not be able to join the rotation in the early part of this season. San Francisco Giants will have to open its wallet again if it wants to reinforce its starting lineup without Wray and Cobb.

In the process, Ryu Hyun-jin’s name was mentioned.

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