The Chicago White Sox are one of a few teams that would like to add Hyun-Jin Ryu to their starting rotation for 2020 and beyond.
The Chicago White Sox need pitching. It is a well-known fact that they need it and that they are willing to spend on it. The issue that is there is that you still have to sell the idea of playing for the White Sox to these guys. They haven’t been very good in a while but they have done a good job in their rebuild to get to where they need to be. The key is to get one of these guys to see the vision.
They are reportedly in on former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. MLB insider Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the White Sox are involved along with the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, and Minnesota Twins. Those teams are all going to make presentable offers but the White Sox can offer him a spot at the top of their rotation on a team that is looking to win.
He had a really good year in 2019. He was second in Cy Young voting behind New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom. He had a 14-5 record for Los Angeles with a 2.32 ERA, 1.007 WHIP, and 163 strikeouts. He had a 5.3 WAR so there is no doubt that it was a fantastic year for Ryu. He would be a great addition to the White Sox.
He also has some invaluable experience to bring to the table. He has played with a Los Angeles Dodgers team that has had many deep postseason runs. This has also included back to back World Series appearances. They didn’t get it done against the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox in those World Series appearances but they were surely a great team regardless. He would be able to come into an organization loaded with young players and show them the ropes. There are a lot of young arms looking to take the next step and Ryu might be able to help them with that.