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Brooks Rayleigh (35, New York Mets), who has played for a long time in Lotte in the KBO League and is supported by our fans, actually had a bumpy career. He was a 6th round (200th overall) selection by the Chicago Cubs in 2009, but his major league career wasn’t glamorous.

He debuted in the major leagues in 2012 and went out in 5 games as a starter, but only had 1 win and 2 losses with an ERA of 8.14. He seemed to be a player with some limits in the major leagues. In 2014 he was only in the minor leagues. Rayleigh didn’t seem to be in the Cubs’ plan.

At that time, Rayleigh’s choice was the KBO League. He was 27 years old, quite young at the time, and he chose to go to Korea in 2015. If he had been offered a guarantee contract in the major leagues, he would have no reason to choose Korea, not even Japan. In particular, going to Korea meant the end of his career even at the time when there was no U-turn wave success story. He had no great reasons other than to make money. To that extent, in the major leagues, he was considered a player whose calculations were completed to some extent.

Rayleigh has had success in Korea. He had a lot of time to hone his weapons by consistently playing as a starter on relatively high-level stages. And 8 years after coming to Korea, even if he was being chased, Rayleigh has now become a precious body in the major league trade market. It took quite a while, but the fruit is sweet.

Rayleigh has become one of the league’s most prominent left-handed bullpen resources in recent years. It is a virtue that he has been steadily improving his position since returning to the major leagues in 2020. Last year, he played 60 games as a member of Tampa Bay, recording 25 holds and an average ERA of 2.68.토토사이트

At the beginning of the season, there was a little aftermath of the injury, but after getting back on the right track, he continued to pitch forgot to concede. Until the first half, he appeared in 38 games and pitched 31⅓ innings, showing 1 win, 1 loss, 1 save, 17 holds, and an average ERA of 2.30, emerging as the core of the Mets bullpen.

The interest is whether Rayleigh will also come to the trade market. The Mets, the highest-paid team in the major leagues this year and on their way to winning the World Series, finished the first half with a disappointing record of 42-48 (.467). The game gap with league-leading Atlanta has already reached 18.5 games, and Miami (.576) and Philadelphia (.539) are also quite ahead of the Mets.

In a situation where it is difficult to win the district championship, it is still in 8th place in the wild card race, which is given three in each league. At the end of the first half, the gap with San Francisco, which is currently third in the wild card race, is seven games. It’s not the stage to give up just yet, but things aren’t easy as they have to beat at least five of the teams in the front line. Because of this, there is a prospect in the local media that the Mets will put some players on the trade market.

Players like Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Francisco Lindor are not easy to trade because they have high salaries. But players like Rayleigh are different. The ransom is cheap and the contract period is short, so it is attractive in the market. It is highly likely to attract the attention of teams challenging for the presidency that need a left-handed bullpen right away.

NBC Boston also pointed out Rayleigh among bullpen agents in a column titled ‘Players to target if Boston becomes a buyer in the trade market’ on the 12th (Korean time). NBC Boston said, “Reilly is having a good time for the Mets, who are having the most disappointing season in the league.” illuminated

He added, “(If Reilly is recruited), he will provide a solid backbone to the Red Sox bullpen along with Chris Martin and Kenley Jansen,” emphasizing that Rayleigh is the most attractive resource among left-handed bullpens. As much as other teams likely have similar thoughts, odds are he’ll be in a pretty heated fight if Rayleigh comes to the trade market.

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