NASHVILLE The Dodgers offered a long-term contract to South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin on Tuesday that was promptly rejected, General Manager Ned Colletti said.
Predictably, it fell a tad short, Colletti said.
Colletti said he didnt know how the Dodgers would proceed in the negotiations.
UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Ryu's agent, Scott Boras, said he presented the Dodgers with a counteroffer. "We exchanged offrs and negotiations continue," Boras said.
Boras, said his client should be compensated like a major league No. 3 starter. So, presumably, hes looking for something in the 50-million range.
If Ryu doesnt sign with the Dodgers, he would return to his South Korean team, the Hanwha Eagles. He wouldnt be eligible to be posted in the major leagues again until next season.
Boras dismissed the notion that Ryu had no leverage in these talks, saying the left-hander could pitch in Japan next season. If Ryu signs a one-year deal with a Japanese team, he would become an unrestricted free a...