Don't Underestimate Blue Jays in Race to Sign Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu is coming off an All-Star 2019 campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. | Jeff Gross/Getty Images

The American League East is a relentlessly scary place, the kind of division in which you can win the World Series one year and not make the playoffs the very next. With that in mind, the upstart Toronto Blue Jays don't want to leave anything up to chance as they gear up for the 2020 campaign.

They've been previously mentioned among a slew of suitors for free agent ace Hyun-Jin Ryu. But, according to insider Jon Heyman, it isn't just hype. The Jays are for real about this.

Ryu has only played for the Dodgers since making his MLB debut in 2013, and is coming off his best campaign yet, making his first All-Star team and finishing second in NL Cy Young voting. Entering his age 33 season, however, he's likely only in for one more major payday before his prime years are over and done with. With the Dodgers reportedly eyeing Madison Bumgarner as they are, they're clearly not ruling out Ryu signing elsewhere.

And as it stands, Ryu is reportedly not the happiest with them.

On the opposite side of the content, however, Toronto is a sneaky team full of young talent just beginning to realize itself.

Who wouldn't want to spend the back stretch of their career watching Vlad Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette come into their own? The appeal of an international city like Toronto is a plus, too. Keep an eye on the Six as winter approaches.