Originally written November 11, 2012 on ChadMoriyama.com:
The MLB has confirmed that the Dodgers won the bidding on the rights for Korean left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu, just as Mike Petriello said yesterday, despite ESPN refusing to credit him. —– Since Scott Boras is his agent, Boras won’t care about the posting fee and will look to gouge the Dodgers for as much as possible, and his PR campaign has already started. Dylan Hernandez spoke with him and the quotes by Boras gave insight into why I previously said this is just the start of things. Ryu Hyun-jin could immediately be a No. 3 starter in a major league rotation, according to his agent. “He’s ready to pitch in the big leagues right now,” Scott Boras said. “He’s not a developmental project.” Translation: “He can help you from Opening Day, so pay him more money.” “We have to strategically plan out his career,” Boras said. Among the considerations: compensation and when Ryu can become a free agent. Because Ryu is only 25, he could sign a shorter contract that would allow him to enter the free-agent market while still in the prime of his career. Or he could remain in Korea for two more seasons, after which he would be a free agent and wouldn’t be subjected to the posting system. “Is it a good business decision to make the jump now or wait for free agency?” Boras asked. Translation: “Here is our leverage angle, so pay him lots of money otherwise we’re taking our ball and going home.” More Boras: “If he doesn’t sign, the posting fee will dramatically increase next year.” — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) November 10, 2012 Translation: “Here’s more leverage foundation! Plus a vague monetary threat!” I’m not sure I understand this logic though, because technically he would lose leverage due to being a year closer to out-and-out free agency. But hey, he has to say whatever he can to give his client bargaining chips in a situation where he has little to none, especially given the Dodgers finances and rotation situation. Ryu Hyun-jin wants to be a starter in the major leagues, according to Boras. — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) November 10, 2012 Translation: “He will throw a lot of innings, so pay him more money.” This makes sense though, since he’s a starter and always has been. I’ve observed people arguing over whether or not he’s a starter or a reliever, but I don’t see this as up for debate. Even if you think he has reliever stuff, as Keith Law does, nobody would be so dumb to drop $25.7 million on rights if they saw him as a situational lefty. He’ll start in the MLB if signed, and rightly so. All in all, nothing out of the ordinary here, though I do have concerns that he wants #3 starter type money, as apparently those types feel they can demand six years and $90 million in this market.
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