‘Oh my gosh,’ he said he wanted to recruit Ryu Hyun-jin, but he was shocked… MLB’s super-wealthy team eventually joined hands with a young starter who was ‘five years old.’ ‘What will happen to Ryu’s future?’
The New York Mets, the “super rich club” of the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), which continued to be connected to Ryu Hyun-jin (37), signed the seal first with the left-hander starting resource, who is five years younger than Ryu Hyun-jin. In fact, with the New York Mets disappearing among Ryu Hyun-jin’s destination candidates, more attention is being paid to his future course of action.
John Hayman of the New York Post, a U.S. media outlet, said on his SNS (social network service) on the 7th (Korea time), “Sean Manaea (32) signed a two-year, $28 million (about 36.8 billion won) contract with the New York Mets. The contract includes an opt-out condition (a clause that allows a player to qualify as an FA after breaking the contract) after the 2024 season.”
Manaea’s contract is bound to come as a bit of a shock because Ryu Hyun-jin and the New York Mets have been connected locally during this offseason. Even just before the contract between Manaea and the New York Mets was signed, there were local reports that the New York Mets were showing interest in Ryu Hyun-jin.
Earlier, the U.S. media Bleacher Report quoted the New York Post on the 6th (Korea Standard Time) and said, “The New York Mets are moving in the trade and free agent (FA) market to secure starting pitchers during this offseason.” The media also stressed, “According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the New York Mets are continuing to check pitcher Dylan Sze, who was a member of the Chicago White Sox. In addition, Ryu Hyun-jin, Sean Manaea, and Imana are watching Shota as FA.”
Ryu Hyun-jin and Manaea were always mentioned as pitchers watching the New York Mets, but in the end, the New York Mets’ choice was Manaea, not Ryu Hyun-jin. Manaea was drafted 34 times in the first round of the 2013 MLB Rookie Draft by the Kansas City Royals before being traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2015. Manaea, who debuted in the Major League in 2016, then showed off her skills throughout the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants. In the Major League, he played 196 games in eight seasons, recording 65 wins and 56 losses with an ERA of 4.10. He struck out 925 times in 1,002 ⅔ innings. 마카오토토
Manaea’s best advantage is his ability to digest innings. He pitched more than 100 innings in five of the seven big league seasons he played. In the 2016 season, he consistently recorded 7-9 with a 3.86 ERA in 144 ⅔ innings. Notably, he won 12-10 with a 4.37 ERA in the 2017 season and won 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in the 2018 season, achieving double-digit wins for two consecutive seasons. He then underwent shoulder surgery and pitched only 29 ⅔s in the 2019 season and 54 innings in the 2020 season due to rehabilitation. He successfully revived in the 2021 season. In that year, he pitched a career-high 179 ⅓ innings with 11 wins, 10 losses and a 3.91 ERA. Manaea also recorded 8-9 with a 4.96 ERA in 158 innings in the 2022 season. In the 2023 season, he transferred to the San Francisco Giants. After the 2023 season, he signed a two-year, 25 million-dollar contract that included opt-out conditions. He also finished the 2023 season with a 7-6 record, one save, and three-hold ERA. Manaea, who has consistently been evaluated as a starting resource for four to five from the beginning of his career, is also a left-hander like Ryu Hyun-jin. Currently, chances are high that he will secure the fourth or fifth starting position for the New York Mets.
Reports that Ryu Hyun-jin and the New York Mets have been linked continued to emerge in the U.S. The Bleacher Report said, “The New York Mets met with FA Yoshinobu Yamamoto earlier, but he agreed to a 12-year, $325 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to Sherman, both the New York Mets and the New York Yankees are targeting Dylan Cease. On top of that, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles are also considering recruiting Dylan Cease. The New York Post continued, “The New York Mets are considering recruiting Dylan Cease to strengthen the starting rotation,” adding, “The Mets are also keeping an interested eye on left-handers Sean Manaea and Ryu Hyun-jin. In addition, the New York Mets are said to be in contact with Shota Imana, another left-hander,” adding, “Shota Imana is reportedly wanting a $100 million contract.” However, it is also true that the teams that want him are expressing concerns about having shoulder surgery in 2020. As for his pitching style, concerns are growing that he may allow many home runs in the MLB, raising the prospect that his ransom could drop lower.” Jim Bowden, a columnist for the U.S. media The Athletic, said on the 6th that the remaining teams in Imana’s recruitment campaign were the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, and Chicago Cubs.