The rags-to-riches franchiseâ€™s latest expenditure was a posting fee of more than $25.7 million that won them the right to negotiate with a South Korean left-hander who has never set foot on a major league field.
By BLANKFS West
LOS ANGELES — The
Dodgers on Saturday won the rights to negotiate with South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin.
“We are thrilled to have this exciting opportunity,” said Dodger 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.”
Ryu has been named a Korea Baseball Organization all-star in all seven of his professional seasons. He owns a career record of 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA and 1,238 in the KBO from 2006-12.
Internationally, Ryu helped Korea to Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, going 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his two starts, including the Gold Medal game. In 2009, he won his only start in the World Baseball Classic, allowing just two runs over 7.0 innings.