Will free agent Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, be the ‘benchmark’ for salary? Lance Lynn, a starting pitcher the same age as Hyun-jin Ryu, has signed a free agent contract.
The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with Lynn, MLB Network’s John Heyman reported on Monday (Nov. 21).굿모닝토토 주소
According to Heyman, Lynn will receive a guaranteed salary of $11 million in 2024, with the potential to earn up to $14 million in performance-based incentives.
For 2025, the deal has a “team option,” which means it’s up to St. Louis to exercise it. If the 2025 option is exercised, the maximum amount Lin could earn is $25 million.
The deal reunites Lin with his hometown team after a six-year absence since 2017.
Ryu is a veteran starting pitcher with a 137-95 record and 3.74 ERA in his major league career from 2011 through last year.
The signing is especially interesting because he was born in 1987 and is the same age as Ryu. Ryu is similarly rated, so he can serve as a benchmark for the price.
Lin’s performance this season has been less than Ryu’s. After spending the season with the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, Lin went 13-11 with a 5.73 ERA. After struggling mightily with the White Sox, he bounced back with the Dodgers, but even with the Dodgers, his ERA was 4.36.
Ryu, on the other hand, made a midseason comeback and went 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in just 11 appearances.
However, it is difficult to evaluate his value based on his performance alone as he is coming back from elbow surgery.
Prior to the free agency market, local media reported that Ryu could sign a one- to two-year deal worth around $10 million per year.