MLB Free Agents: top 10 players and likely destinations

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) walks into the dugout to start Game three of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on October 6, 2019, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) walks into the dugout to start Game three of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on October 6, 2019, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Los Angeles Dodgers 

LHP, Hyun-Jin Ryu

The Dodgers have the offense to run away with the National League West this coming season, as guys like Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, and Cody Bellinger are all returning, plus whichever new player-we’ve-never-heard-of that breaks out.

The team also made a solid move adding reliever Blake Treinen, low-risk $10 million signing that could wind up as a bargain if he bounces back in 2020. The bullpen could probably stand one more move, as some depth would be nice. Closer Kenley Jansen clearly lost a step in 2019 and newcomer Joe Kelly didn’t excite in his first year with the team.

However, re-signing Ryu needs to be the Dodgers first priority, and to me another one of those no-brainers. Ryu was Cy Young material for much of the season in 2019, posting the highest WAR of his career (4.8) as well as his lowest walk rate (1.18 BB/9).

It appears what’s holding this signing up is that the Dodgers aren’t too keen on committing to 4-5 years with Ryu, as they’re plenty aware of his durability issues. I think they offer him a higher AAV to get a deal done. Ryu was much too instrumental to the team’s success this past season.

Contract Prediction: 3 years, $60 million