Ryu Hyun-jin deadline for Dodgers is Sunday

Jeff Gross

Ryu Hyun-jin could be slotted as the No. 3 starter for the Dodgers if they are able to sign him.

After making a big free agent splash with the signing of pitcher Zack Greinke on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still looking to sign Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, according to MLB.com.

His negotiation fee was $25.7 million and the deadline to finish a deal for him is 2 p.m. PT on Sunday. His posting fee is significantly smaller than that of Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish, who the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers both paid $51 million to speak to. Matsuzaka ended up with a six-year, $52 million contract while Darvish signed for six-years, $60 million. If the numbers translate, Hyun-jin could be looking at $30 million or less.

If Hyun-jin signs, he could slide in as the No. 3 starter right behind No. 2 Greinke and before Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett to give the Dodgers a very strong starting rotation.

Hyun-jin has a 2.80 ERA over his seven-year career in Korea. He was the first player to win MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season and helped lead Korea to a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics.

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