It looks like all of the fellow starting pitchers who shared the joys and sorrows of Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto) will leave the Los Angeles Dodgers. Even the current ace Julio Urias (27), who will qualify for free agency after the 2023 season, hinted at free agency through his aide.스포츠토토
USA Today, an American media outlet, said on the 21st (Korean time), “Urias’ friends are convinced that he will leave the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent. According to his aides, Urias was frustrated by the pitch limit the Los Angeles Dodgers club set throughout his career. “he said.
Urias debuted in 2016 at the young age of 19 as a pitching prospect representing the Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball. He struggled with injuries early in his career, but as a starter in 2020, he played a full-time season and led the Dodgers to a World Series victory. Afterwards, he awakened as an ace and won the Major League Most Wins and Odds King with 20 wins and 3 losses in 2021, and last year ranked first in the National League ERA with 17 wins and 7 losses and an average ERA of 2.16.
They showed overwhelming performances for two consecutive years, but there was a distance from the Cy Young Young. Last year, even though he ranked second in most wins and first in ERA, he was pushed back by Sandy Alcantara (Miami) with a record of 14 wins and 9 losses and an average ERA of 2.28 to rank third in the Cy Young Young. For that reason, there is also an eye to the ability to digest innings. Another media SI analyzed, “Urias was the best pitcher in the league last year, but Alcantara showed a good performance in more innings. He was able to win the Cy Young Award because he provided more value to the team.”
Of course, we cannot guarantee that Urias would have produced the same results while playing more innings. However, Urias has been under management throughout his career due to health problems, which has remained a label as an injury-risk pitcher even now as he has developed into an ace. From the perspective of Urias, who is about to go free agency, there is no choice but to be happy.
If Urias leaves the Los Angeles Dodgers, only franchise star Clayton Kershaw (35) and his successor Walker Buehler (29) remain. But even they can’t be sure. Kershaw had difficulties negotiating a long-term contract with the Dodgers and was content to stay with a one-year, $20 million extension. Buehler will qualify for free agency after the 2024 season with the Super 2 clause, but he is also a pitcher who has been managed throughout his career due to inning restrictions, so it remains to be seen what he will choose ahead of free agency.