According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, the Toronto Blue Jays have tabled competitive offers to both pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and slugger Edwin Encarnacion.
The Blue Jays are still searching for a front of the rotation starting pitcher to shore up their staff for 2020 and beyond. The team has been rumoured to be pursuing Hyun-Jin Ryu all offseason and now has officially made an offer to the former Dodgers hurler.
The million-dollar question will be if the Jays offer will competitive enough to outbid the Dodgers and Angels. Ryu is coming off a season where he garnered Cy Young consideration going 14-5 with an impressive 2.32 earned run average and a 5.1 WAR in 29 starts.
Thus far this offseason the brain trust has signed pitchers Tanner Roark and Shun Yamaguchi while also acquiring Chase Anderson from the Brewers. The acquisition of Ryu could really add some depth to a much deeper rotation than that of last season.
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Heyman also informed the Jays have made an offer to Edwin Encarnacion and have a decent chance at a reunion tour with the slugger. Encarnacion unfortunately just lost his father earlier this week so his decision will most definitely be delayed while he tends to his family.
Encarnacion spent last season between the Mariners and the Yankees hitting .244 with 34 big flies and a 2.8 WAR in 109 games. The 36-year old would add some clout to the middle of the Blue Jays batting order and could spell off Rowdy Tellez at first base when not DH’ing.
Time will tell if Ross Atkins and company can land the pair but both would be welcomed additions that could improve the team with their presence.