The Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III reported Monday the Minnesota Twins were looking at a group of veteran pitchers that included Zack Wheeler (who agreed to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, per Mike Puma of the New York Post), Madison Bumgarner and Ryu.
The 32-year-old left-hander finished second in National League Cy Young voting after finishing 14-5 with an MLB-best 2.32 ERA in 29 appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ryu is a somewhat surprising target, though, when considering his age and the fact that Toronto lost 95 games in 2019. Coming out of the trade deadline, general manager Ross Atkins emphasized the franchise's long-term outlook rather than focusing on the present.
However, Atkins told reporters Wednesday the Jays have the ability to land a notable free agent and spend up to $100 million this offseason.
Perhaps ownership would view signing Ryu as a show of intent to demonstrate it's ready to begin investing in the team again.
In the event Toronto remained on the outside of the American League playoff picture over the next few years, Ryu would have obvious value as a trade asset assuming he can continue the success he enjoyed last season.