NASHVILLE -- South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin could pitch in Japan next season if he doesn’t sign with the Dodgers, his agent said Tuesday.
“Japan is a very viable option for him,” said Scott Boras, who disputed the notion that his client doesn’t have any leverage in his negotiations with the Dodgers.
The Dodgers face a Sunday deadline to sign Ryu, a seven-time Korean league All-Star. They bid $25.7 million to win a league-wide auction for the exclusive rights to negotiate with Ryu. That fee would be returned to the Dodgers if he doesn’t sign with them.
Boras and the Dodgers appear to be far apart in how they think Ryu should be compensated.
General Manager Ned Colletti said on Monday he didn’t think the Dodgers would be able to sign Ryu unless there was change in the pace of the negotiations.