Ho Ho Ho, it’s a Christmas miracle! Shapiro and Atkins have managed to bring in a big name north via free agency.

As per Jon Heyman, Hyun-Jin Ryu will be a Toronto Blue Jay next season.

Ryu is coming off his best season in the majors where he struck out 163 batters over 182 innings. He also finished 2nd in the NL Cy Young race with a record of 14-5 and a 2.32 era.

Ryu has been known to deal with his fair share of injuries. He missed the entire 2015 season with a shoulder injury that almost derailed his career. Despite his past, the Blue Jays front office takes a shot on someone who can be brilliant for the next four seasons. The contract also includes a limited no trade clause.

At 32-years-old, I envisioned Ryu obtaining a 3-year-deal in the 50-55 million range, and the Jays probably were the lone team to present him with the extra year. At the end of his contract, Ryu would be 36 and hopefully will have an impact on the arms coming through the system.

Outlook

A staff that desperately needed a left handed starter, Ryu instantly slots in as the team’s ace. The rotation looks to feature Ryu, Roark, Anderson with the possibilities of Shoemaker, Borucki and Thronton fighting for the final two spots. Keep in mind there are rumblings of the Red Sox talking to the Jays about a familiar face in David Price. This is a HUGE signing for the team who has been on every pitcher this offseason. The team desperately needed to fix their staff in order to attempt to compete. The toughest division in baseball got a lot more attention today.