Texas recalls Park Chan-ho nightmare… Failure from the start, how much of the 240 billion will evaporate?

Jacob deGrom (35, Texas), the best pitcher on the planet “when healthy,” who hasn’t been feeling well since the beginning of the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 30. It was the beginning of a nightmare for Texas.

DeGrom started a game against the New York Yankees on April 29, but was pulled after just 3⅔ innings. His pitches were nearly perfect when he suddenly felt pain in his forearm, which is often a precursor to an elbow injury. Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto) also had an elbow ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) after suffering a forearm injury.

DeGrom was placed on the disabled list on April 30 with elbow inflammation. He then threw bullpen pitches to test his health and gauge his return, but on June 6, Texas moved him to the 60-day disabled list. At the time, there was some speculation that the move was to “add another player to the 40-man roster” as the team was discussing a bullpen pitching schedule, but those hopes were dashed. On July 7, Texas officially announced that DeGrom would need surgery on his elbow.

The nature of the surgery is still unknown. However, the general consensus is that he will receive the second Tommy John surgery of his 메이저사이트 career. Ultimately, that’s all there is to it. The rehabilitation period for Tommy John surgery is one to one-and-a-half years. If DeGrom were to undergo this surgery, he would effectively be unable to play until next season.

After shopping Corey Seager and Marcus Semien in free agency last year to fill out the outfield, the Texans spent another big chunk of money to bolster the starting rotation, which has been a perennial problem for the team heading into this season. The crown jewel was DeGrom. Texas gambled on his health, paying him $175 million over five years.

Conversely, teams in need of starting reinforcements, including his original team, the New York Mets, were reluctant to give him a long contract given his recent injury history. Instead, they were willing to sign him to a two- to three-year deal, even if it meant a higher average annual salary. It was a way to reduce the risk.

But Texas had a different idea. They realized that even if DeGrom couldn’t pitch 200 innings a year, he could probably pitch 150 innings a year without major injury. At his level, it wasn’t unreasonable to assume that if he could do that and make the postseason and be an ace, he could pay for himself. But from the get-go, Texas’ calculator was broken.

Two years of the $175 million were effectively wiped out. The Texans can only hope that Diggrom, who has shaken off his elbow issues, can stay healthy and pitch well for the remaining three years. But when he returns in 2025, DeGrom will be 37 years old. His elbow isn’t the only injury he’s had, and there’s always the risk of additional injuries. Texas is gambling with his health, not his pitching, and they’re losing.

If he continues to get injured, he could be the worst free agent signing in franchise history. It’s not just a $10 million investment, it’s $175 million. That’s a lot of money, and if you take out two of the five years, it’s hard to recoup that amount no matter how well he plays the remaining three. On top of that, the Texans aren’t even sure if they have insurance on him, according to local media. His injury history may have scared off insurance companies.

One player who will always be considered one of the worst free agent signings in Texas history is Chan Ho Park, 50. A former All-Star starter with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Park was always a guy who could stay healthy and pitch a lot of innings. Texas believed in his durability and prowess, signing him to a five-year, $65 million contract before the 2002 season. Today, $65 million is a big deal, but that was 21 years ago. You can see how excited the Texans were about Park.

But it was a downward spiral for Park, and it started with injuries. After three and a half years in Texas, he was traded after going 22-23 with a 5.79 ERA in 68 games.

But at least Park wasn’t out after 10 games like DeGrom. He was just underperforming, but he was still pitching. In that sense, DeGrom’s contract could be worse. We’ll have to wait and see, but it may be getting closer and closer to time for Texas to realize the nightmare that is Chan Ho Park.