Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/15/12
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Ryu Hyun-Jin grew up in South Korea dreaming of playing in his country's professional baseball league. Once he achieved that, he developed a new goal -- to pitch in the United States for a major league team. Ryu's dream got closer to reality last week when the Los Angeles Dodgers submitted the highest bid for the right to negotiate with the 25-year-old left-hander and his agent, Scott Boras. Under baseball's posting system, the Dodgers offered 25,737,373.33 to Ryu's team in South Korea, the Hanwha Eagles. Los Angeles settled on that figure because the numbers 3 and 7 are considered lucky in Korean culture. It was the third-highest posting bid by a big league team for the chance to negotiate a contract with a player from Asia.
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