The Los Angeles Dodgers are prepared to begin negotiations with Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin and according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, agent Scott Boras is already to ask for big money. Hernandez writes that Boras is already comparing Hyun-jin to Mark Buehrle.
Boras said that he and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti have already spoken and plan to meet next week to open negotiations. The Dodgers acquired the rights to Hyun-jin by placing a winning bid of $25.737 million via the posting system. If the sides fail to agree on a contract by Dec. 10 -- 30 days after the Dodgers' bid was accepted -- Hyun-jin will return to his Korean Baseball Organization team, the Hanwha Eagles.
The 6-2, 215-pound left-hander posted just nine wins for the Eagles in 2012, but he kept his ERA below 3.00. He throws a low-90s fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. He has pitched on an international level before. In 2008, he helped pitch South Korea to an Olympic gold medal in baseball and was the winning pitcher in the deciding match.