Winter Meetings 2012: Should the Chicago Cubs Go After Ryu Hyun-Jin?
The Chicago Cubs need pitching, pitching, and more pitching. It’s clear they aren’t in on other starting pitchers Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, and Kyle Lohse, which could mean they’re looking elsewhere. Even though they signed Scott Baker and Scott Feldman, there’s no way the Cubs are satisfied with that risky rotation. There’s one name on the list that could make sense for the Cubs and that’s Korean sensation Ryu Hyun-Jin. (This is assuming the Dodgers can’t reach a deal with Jin since they won the bid for his services.)
Hyun-Jin is a 25-year-old left-handed starter that throws anywhere from 89-95 MPH with movement. His secondary stuff is deceptive, but could fit in really well at Wrigley. His change up is plus with an average-above average curveball and slider. He’s already had Tommy John Surgery so the Cubs wouldn’t need to worry too much about that at this point.
My point is that he could be a really high upside guy to take a shot on. The Cubs would be negotiating with the ridiculous Los Angeles Dodgers, but again when you need pitching, you should look to go after everyone on the market that makes sense. The fact that his upside is not yet known, he certainly is worth the risk. Being left handed with good stuff? It’s well worth it.
Who knows what the Cubs will do over the next few days and even weeks. Hopefully they’ll do something to give themselves a long term edge, as there are still several reliable pitchers still available. However, I just can’t see them making an offer on this kid without doing their homework.