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The Dodgers officially announced the hiring of Mark McGwire as hitting coach, replacing Dave Hansen. McGwire spent the past three years with the Cardinals as their hitting coach. Under his tutelage, the Cards offense was top-five in OBP in each of his seasons at the offensive helm, leading all of baseball last year. McGwire has stated that his philosophy includes not forcing change upon established sluggers, so Matt Kemp will be allowed to be himself. Hopefully McGwire can rub off on some of the lesser bats in the lineup while aiding Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez in regaining some of their previous offensive clout. The willingness McGwire displayed as a player for drawing a walk could also be a great starting point for most of the team, as that aspect of the game can never be emphasized enough. —– As Chad noted yesterday, the Dodgers won the rights to Korean southpaw Hyun Jin Ryu, according to Mike Petriello. The Dodgers are spending money like they have a printing press hidden away in Ned Colletti‘s suite, and this seems like just another example. —– The club has outrighted Alfredo Silverio to AAA Albuquerque, opening up a spot on the 40-man roster. Silverio missed the entire 2012 season while dealing with multiple injuries suffered in a car crash. —– 23 minor-leaguers, most notably Ramon Troncoso and Josh Fields, became free agents earlier this week. If Troncoso were to return, it would just be as AAA roster filler, as the Dodgers possess a plethora of bullpen arms and Ramon has been mediocre at best recently. Fields is your typical AAAA player, and he could be a back of the bench player with some pop, though considering that he didn’t see The Show in 2012, he’s not all that likely to see it in 2013 with the Dodgers. ===== Greg Zakwin is the founder of the site Plaschke Thy Sweater Is Argyle. Follow him on Twitter @ArgyledPlaschke.

Dodgers win the rights to Korean pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu with bid of $25.7 million

The Dodgers have won the rights to Korean lefty pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu with a bid of $25.7 million, according to Mike Petriello Earlier today, I linked to a summary of thoughts on Hyun Jin Ryu, which ranged from perfering him as a reliever to comparisons to David Wells, though the latter was primarily on the basis of his body type. A 25-year-old lefty and Tommy John survivor, the...

Dodgers are winning bidders for left hander Hyun-Jin Ryu

The Los Angeles Dodgers were the winning bidders for left handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers submitted a bid of $25.7 million which was accepted by the Hanwha Eagles. The Dodgers will have thirty days to work out a contract with Ryn. Ryu is considered by many to be ready for the major leagues. Where he fits in on a staff that includes Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh...

2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: First Base

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Dodgers post winning bid for Korean left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

The Dodgers were rumored to be interested in Hyun-Jin Ryu, and that rumor turned out to be true. The team posted $25.7 million for the exclusive negotiating rights for the Korean lefty. The sides now have 30 days to agree to a major or minor-league deal. Ryu, 25, will turn 26 in March and the Dodgers didn't post more money than any of us will ever know just to sign him to...

Dodgers post winning bid for Hyun-Jin Ryu

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the big winners in the bidding for South Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, as was rumored last night. Los Angeles' winning bid was $25,737,737.33, the highest bid ever for a South Korean player. The 25-year old Ryu won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics with South Korea, and was a member of their 2009 World Baseball Classic runner-up team. Ryu performed...

Dodgers Win Negotiating Rights for Ryu Hyun-Jin

The Los Angeles Dodgers and their new ownership have not been shy about spending money.  Since the new group took over the team, they have spent a lot in international free agency and trades.  Now, they have spent another $25.7 million just to negotiate a contract with Korean lefty Ryu Hyun-Jin. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Dodgers and the Cubs were the team...

MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Win Bid For Korean Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

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...

Dodgers winning bid on Hyun Jin Ryu confirmed + translating Scott Boras’ comments

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...

Dodgers Bid $25.7 Million to Try to Sign 25-Year-Old Lefty From Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — The Los Angeles Dodgers have bid nearly $26 million for a chance to sign pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin. The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization said Saturday they have accepted a posting fee of $25.7 million for the 25-year-old left-hander. Major League Baseball later announced that the team was the Dodgers. The big league team that submitted the winning...

Dodgers Spend $25.7MM to Talk

It looks like money does grow on trees somewhere near Chavez Ravine. As if the Dodgers hadn't spent enough money over the last six months through trades, personnel additions and signing Cuban defectors to send Fort Knox into financial ruin, they felt it was necessary to pony up $25.7MM......just to talk. I guess the front office didn't get the memo that Verizon has plans...

McGwire thankful for time with Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - When Mark McGwire returned to the game of baseball in 2010 as the Cardinals hitting coach, he did so with a promise to his wife: After every season, the two would talk and reevaluate whether or not he should continue to coach the following year. The two also had a dream: that he could someday coach for a team closer to their home in Orange County, Ca. He got about as...

McGwire: Why would MLB player cheat?

The face of performance-enhancing drugs now can't understand why an athlete would engage in their use. Mark McGwire was perhaps the first major leaguer to truly bring PED use into focus. To accomplish that, all he had to do was break MLB's all-time single-season home run record while taking PEDs. After a long exile from baseball and the limelight, McGwire spent the past...

Dodgers hire former all-star Mark MgGwire as hitting coach

The LA Dodgers have hired their fourth hitting coach since 2008 but this one has ties to the LA area and a Hall of Fame pedigree if you can ignore a past scandal. The Dodgers have announced the hiring of Mark McGwire who served as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach last season. McGwire, a [...]
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