Dodgers Win Bidding For Hyun-Jin Ryu

The Dodgers won the negotiating rights to Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu with a $25,737,737.33 bid, MLB has announced. It's the largest bid ever for a South Korean player, and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says (on Twitter) that there was at least one more bid in the $20MM range. The numbers three and seven are considered lucky in Korea, hence the unusual winning amount. Ryu is a Scott Boras client and the two sides will now have 30 days to work out a contract since the Hanwha Eagles have already accepted the bid.

Uspw_3647164Ryu, 25, was posted earlier this month. He's been one of the Korea Baseball Organization's most dominant pitchers over the last five years or so, helping the country to Olympic gold in 2008 and a second place finish in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. ESPN's Keith Law said Ryu has an 88-91 mph fastball and a "plus changeup with good arm speed and a fringy curveball in the upper 70s, which is a better left-on-left option right now than his slider." He ranked the southpaw 37th on his Top 50 Free Agents list and said he could wind up in the bullpen given concerns about his durability and thick body. 

The Dodgers already have six starters, but Ted Lilly (shoulder), Chad Billingsley (elbow), and Clayton Kershaw (hip) are coming off injuries. Upgrades over Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano could be found as well. Los Angeles has reportedly kicked the tires on free agents like Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, and Hiroki Kuroda this offseason, though it's unclear how winning Ryu's rights would impact their search for pitching. They still have to sign him first, of course.

Jon Heyman, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News, ESPN's Buster Olney, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun, Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times, and MLB.com's Jordan Bastian all reported on the story, mostly through Twitter. Dan Kurtz of MyKBO first reported the winning bid amount (on Twitter) while Mike Petriello of the blog Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness first reported that the Dodgers had won the bidding (on Twitter).

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216 Comments on "Dodgers Win Bidding For Hyun-Jin Ryu"


2 years 8 months ago

Ridiculous.

95isOver
2 years 8 months ago

Dodgers, m i rite?

Bronx
2 years 8 months ago

hey.. Not Hanwha Tigers

ARod's Ring
2 years 8 months ago

That’s way too much money! You could sign a MLB proven starter instead with that money (Jackson, Dempster, Haren).

MaineSox
2 years 8 months ago

Dempster maybe, but I don’t think you’re going to sign either of the other two for $25M, and even getting Dempster for that would be surprising.

Matt
2 years 8 months ago

Sounds like an LA dodgers type bid..

Dustroia15
2 years 8 months ago

Hadooukken!

ARod's Ring
2 years 8 months ago

Yoga Fire!

Rangers4Life
2 years 8 months ago

Ken >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ryu

Rangers4Life
2 years 8 months ago

This must be the Cubs. Only Theo would pull off something like this.

stl_cards16
2 years 8 months ago

I’m going to guess the Cubs. This is the one area a rebuilding team can still flex their spending muscles. With payroll scaled back a little for the next couple years, a signing like this would make sense.

2 years 8 months ago

Jon Heyman just ruled them out over Twitter.

Crosstownkid
2 years 8 months ago

Heyman also confirmed the haren for marmol trade as well

2 years 8 months ago

So did everyone else

Devern Hansack
2 years 8 months ago

Guys, it’s totally either the Rays, Royals, or Padres.

padresgm
2 years 8 months ago

Imagine if it was one of these teams haha!

Trequartista
2 years 8 months ago

737 is the area code for Texas, no?

Devern Hansack
2 years 8 months ago

For the Austin area, yeah.

Texan
2 years 8 months ago

What? No, 512.

972, 469, 214, 817 is DFW.

Devern Hansack
2 years 8 months ago

737 is being commissioned in 2013.

Dustroia15
2 years 8 months ago

They were trying to bid on Ryu on their IPhone (Boras’ app), then attempted to make a phone call and accidentally bid way too much…

2 years 8 months ago

Wow that’s a huge bid for this guy, I doubt it would be Texas. They already dropped a 50 mil posting fee for Darvish

Let_My_Cameron_Go
2 years 8 months ago

Definitely the Pittsburgh Pirates…

Crosstownkid
2 years 8 months ago

Reports comin out of Korea has the cubs with the winning bid

Tony
2 years 8 months ago

Jon Heyman just tweeted that it was NOT the Cubs….for what it’s worth.

Dustroia15
2 years 8 months ago

The posting fee doenst count towards the “cap”…players with a posting fee tend to have a lower contract then if they were true free agents…I’m guessing its a big market that will be trying to sneak under the cap in the next few years. Yankees, Angels, Red Sox, Dodgers, etc.

diddykong
2 years 8 months ago

If its the Red Sox then I want to be a fly on the wall when Ortiz reads this. Put his hand through a wall and be out for the season.

MaineSox
2 years 8 months ago

Why would Ortiz care?

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 8 months ago

The mystery team strikes again!

Twins91
2 years 8 months ago

For sure the Twins

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 8 months ago

On a serious note. I do not know much about Ryu would he make an impact in the Majors right away?

2 years 8 months ago

He has a 3-4 starter potential. Strike out pitch curve ball, good control, flat fastball. Control will get him by.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 8 months ago

Does he pitch to contact? Or is he more of a strikeout pitcher? More fly or ground ball outs?

2 years 8 months ago

In Korea, he was a strike out pitcher. Korean league is about AAA level talent.

ddddissssco
2 years 8 months ago

korean league isn’t ‘about triple a in talent level’. it’s at best double a in base talent (some may argue towards single a) with 2 or 3 triple a class or beyond players for each team. 국내 야구 자주 접하시는 분이라면 이런 말씀 함부러 안하실텐데..

Timothy Tappin
2 years 8 months ago

How you know is like AAA?? Are you a scout?

Trequartista
2 years 8 months ago

Average velocity 88-89mph, can dial up to 93. Above-average changeup, mediocre third pitch. Durable, has pitcher’s frame. Project to be #4 with upside for #3. Of course can be destroyed like Igawa Kei years ago.

ARod's Ring
2 years 8 months ago

“Kei Igawa” Please have mercy in us Yankees fans!

dylanp5030
2 years 8 months ago

From what I saw on Twitter, scouts are saying he is most likely going to be a reliever due to his durability issues.

Jackpot
2 years 8 months ago

Only year that he had durability issue was last year. Besides that he has been really healthy and durable. Also, he has been participating at every single Korean national team games which means he is very durable.

Jackpot
2 years 8 months ago

He has a nice change up too

2 years 8 months ago

Cubs need their money for Liriano.

Twins91
2 years 8 months ago

Haha you want Liriano, also he has said he hates the city of Chicago so I doubt he signs there!

2 years 8 months ago

Dodgers

Cubs27
2 years 8 months ago

For 25.7 mil just for the posting fee, I hope whoever gets him doesn’t put him in the bullpen haha