No. 5 starter for the best possible New York Mets rotation in 2024: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu
Hyun Jin Ryu finally returned to the Toronto Blue Jays mound for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery nearly 14 months ago, and he was shaky at times, giving up four earned runs in five innings on Tuesday, but he got better as his first start got going, with his command improving the deeper he went. There will be more time for him to bounce back between now and the end of the season as he is looking to help the Blue Jays get back to the playoffs.
His value is lower because of the Tommy John recovery and his overall underperformance of his contract with the Blue Jays, which was a 4-year, $80 million deal he signed before the 2020 season, which may want him to get a change of scenery out of Toronto, where his ERA was more than a run higher in Toronto than it was with the Dodgers.
However, Ryu, who would be 37 on Opening Day next year, would fit in nicely with the Mets on a 1-2 year deal as an innings-eating fifth starter, and has only walked two batters per nine innings on average his entire career. And like Quintana, and Urias, would be a lefty in the rotation to counter all the lefty power hitters in the division.