The players who signed a one-year FA contract already have a headache in Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays’ move is unusual. Toronto, which seemed to be completely away from the postseason, defeated the New York Yankees 8-0 and won five consecutive games with starter Ryu Hyun-jin’s three hits, six strikeouts and no runs in six innings on the 7th (Korea Standard Time).
Toronto is still in fourth place in the American League East, but continues to hope for autumn baseball as it follows the Boston Red Sox, the third-ranked and second-ranked wild card player in the same district, by three games.
Toronto’s recent rise includes players who can be called “pitcher pillars.” First of all, Robbie Ray’s pitching in the second half, which forms a one-two punch with Ryu Hyun-jin, is a “luxury” itself.
Ray throws 166 innings this year, playing a practical ace with 11 wins, 5 losses and a 2.60 ERA. Ray’s performance is enormous enough to take the lead in the American League with 166 innings and a 2.60 ERA. In the first half, he also observed with 7 wins, 4 losses, and a 3.13 ERA, but in the second half, he cannot be prevented with 4 wins, 1 loss, and a 1.79 ERA. Ryu Hyun-jin is showing powerful pitching enough to say, “I studied by looking at Ray’s slider.”
It should be noted that Ray’s annual salary is only $8 million this year. Last year alone, he renewed his contract with Toronto for $8 million a year with only one win, one loss and a 4.79 ERA, but no one would have expected such a “super-hit.”
As Ray is also mentioned as a candidate for the American League Cy Young Award, attention is naturally being paid to whether Toronto will be able to catch Ray, who will qualify for the FA. The evaluation on the official Major League Baseball website (MLB.com) at the end of August, “If Ray continues his current performance, he may appear in the FA market under the title of Cy Young Award,” is still valid. If Ray’s ransom rises to the ceiling, Toronto may not be able to handle it.
Marcus Semien is the player who leads Toronto’s upward trend in the batting lineup. On the day Ryu Hyun-jin won his 13th win of the season, Semien hit a first solo home run in the top of the first inning and a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to bomb the Yankees’ mound. He has already recorded 37 home runs this year. Home runs have already surpassed career high, and adding only six RBIs (87) will also set the highest record in a season. He also broke the record for the most home runs in a season for middle-in-fielders (stops to 2nd base) in Toronto’s history. Last month, “MLB.com” selected the FA that each club should watch with the most interest, and Toronto selected Semien.
Toronto’s agreement with Semien ahead of this season was $18 million a year. Like Ray, he can exercise his FA qualifications once again after the end of this season. Toronto is happy but can’t help but worry about the winter market as the players who signed a one-year contract as FA hit the jackpot.