The Los Angeles Dodgers submitted the winning bid to negotiate with Korean pitching star Hyun-Jin Ryu, and now have 30 days to work out a deal for the left handed pitcher. The winning bid by the Dodgers was believed to have been for $25.7 million.
The bid was accepted by the Hanwha Eagles, who are Ryu’s current team. The Dodgers can either sign him within the next 30 days, or he will remain with the Eagles for next season.
“We are thrilled to have this exciting opportunity,” said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. “We have watched Ryu pitch for a long time, and he is another option to consider as we look to improve our team in 2013 and beyond. We’d like to thank the Hanwha Eagles and we look forward to meeting Ryu and beginning the negotiation process very soon.”
The Dodgers already have a decent looking rotation heading into the 2013 MLB season, led by Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano plus the expected return of Ted Lilly. It would be unlikely that Ryu would crack the starting rotation right from the start, if he does indeed sign with the Dodgers.
Granted, signing Ryu could lead the Dodgers to trade one of their current starters, mainly either Harang or Capuano, unless they could net more for Lilly, provided he can first demonstrate that he is 100 percent healthy.
Ryu was the first pitcher to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year award in the same season in Korea. He had his worst season as a professional this past season, although most of it was due to the fact that his team finished in last place. He averaged 15 wins per season prior to struggling on a bad team last season.
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