Reporter Yoon-Jun Ko = Julio Urias, who had the best performance last season by ranking first in the National League’s ERA, was asked about the extension of his contract.
On the 5th (Korean time), in an interview with many media outlets such as ‘The Athletic’, Yurias said, “I am preparing for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), and there is a season after that. First of all, I need to focus on two things first. Of course, there will be negotiation opportunities, but I want to focus 100% on my baseball.”
Mexican-born Yurias first stepped on the big league stage in 2016, and has established himself as the team’s left-handed ace from the 2021 season.
In the 2021 season, he recorded 20 wins, 3 losses, ERA 2.96 and 195 strikeouts, and was the king of most wins. In particular, he was also named in the Cy Young Award finalists and even came in third place in the voting.
Urias will become a free agent at the end of this season. As a result, many are evaluating that it will be the biggest starting pitcher in the upcoming FA market.
Of course, it is not very unlikely that Yurias will sign an extension contract. However, Yurias has Scott Boras as his agent, and his clients are usually seeing his value in the free agency market instead of his extended contract. 토토사이트
Urias will start his 27-year-old season before the 2024 season opener. Since he is still young, he is expected to ask for a higher amount.
Meanwhile, Urias was selected for the Mexican national team at the WBC to be held in March, and was also appointed as the team’s captain. Mexico was drawn in Group C along with the United States, Colombia, Canada and Great Britain in the first round.