“Happiness in Toronto, wanted to stay but opted out” SF freshman recalls offseason

 Ross Stripling, who transferred to the San Francisco Giants as a perfect replacement for Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays), who was out due to injury last year, recalled the contract process.

In an interview with 스포츠토토 ‘Sportsnet’ on the 14th (Korean time), Stripling said, “The time I spent in Toronto was very good, and I was happy until the end. I wanted to stay in Toronto.”

“Toronto and San Francisco offered exactly the same amount. However, San Francisco has added an opt-out clause. I had no choice but to choose San Francisco,” he explained.

Stripling changed his uniform for two years and $25 million. According to him, Toronto also offered the same amount, but he changed his mind to an additional opt-out clause. He can exercise his opt-out option after the 2023 season ends.

He has shown that he has not lived up to expectations as a starting pitcher, but last year was different. He recorded 10 wins, 4 losses, 3.01 ERA, and 111 strikeouts, and is evaluated as having perfectly filled the spot of Ryu Hyun-jin, who was missing due to injury.

San Francisco built a starting lineup with Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, Anthony Desclapani, Alex Wood, Sean Manea and Stripling. Stripling, who recorded a career high last year, is drawing attention to whether he will execute the opt-out option as he shows good form this season.

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