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.