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November 10, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Ryu Hyun-jin could immediately be a No. 3 starter in a major league rotation, according to his agent. “He's ready to pitch in the big leagues right now,” Scott Boras said. “He's not a developmental project.” The Dodgers bid $25.7 million to win a league-wide auction for the right to negotiate with Ryu, a seven-time South Korean All-Star. Ryu and the Dodgers have 30 days to reach an agreement. Ryu intends to be a starting pitcher, according to Boras. How the Dodgers want to use Ryu will be one of the factors he will consider when deciding whether to sign with the Dodgers or return to the Hanwha Eagles.
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April 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hyun-Jin Ryu must not like Los Angeles or Dodger Stadium or organist Nancy Bea Hefley. He can't get it going here this season. Away from Dodger Stadium, he's a regular road warrior (3-0, 0.00 earned-run average). At home, he's not even a regular Joe (0-2, 11.08). This strange Jekyll and Hyde routine continued Sunday afternoon, with Ryu giving up six runs in his five-plus innings, leaving the Dodgers 6-1 losers to the Rockies and stuck on 9,999 franchise wins. The Dodgers finished 4-6 on their 10-game homestand, and after a day off Monday open a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Minnesota.
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December 4, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
NASHVILLE - The Dodgers offered a long-term contract to South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin on Tuesday that was promptly rejected, General Manager Ned Colletti said. “Predictably, it fell a tad short,” Colletti said. Colletti said he didn't know how the Dodgers would proceed in the negotiations. [Updated at 5:35 p.m.: Ryu's agent, Scott Boras, said he presented the Dodgers with a counteroffer. "We exchanged offers, and negotiations continue," Boras said. ] Boras, said his client should be compensated like a major league No. 3 starter.
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu had another rough day at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander was charged with six runs and nine hits over five innings. Ryu is 0-2 with an 11.08 earned-run average at Dodger Stadium. On the road, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon collected two more hits, raising his average to .353. He also stole his 13th base, which leads the major leagues. Gordon put the Dodgers in front, 1-0, in the first inning when he scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.
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December 4, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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November 15, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
When Scott Boras negotiates with the Dodgers on behalf of South Korean left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, he plans to argue that his client should be compensated comparably to current major league pitchers with similar ability. If Ryu's introductory news conference on Thursday at Boras' Newport Beach office was any indication, the agent will be asking for a lot of money. Speaking in front of a group of 40 to 50 reporters, most of them South Korean, Boras compared Ryu to only one pitcher: Mark Buehrle.
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November 10, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
LAS VEGAS -- The Dodgers were curiously silent on Friday night as various reports surfaced about which teams didn't place the winning $25.7-million posting fee for the right to negotiate with South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin. The Chicago Cubs weren't the team, according to published reports. The Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and Angels weren't either. That led to widespread speculation in the baseball industry that the free-spending Dodgers were the team that outbid everyone.
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December 9, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin has signed with the Dodgers, who expect him to be part of the rotation next season. [ Update: The deal is worth $36 million over six years. Ryu can opt out of his contract after five seasons if he has pitched 750 innings.] The signing of Ryu comes a day after the Dodgers reached an agreement to sign free agent Zack Greinke for $147 million over six years. Ryu and the Dodgers had until 2 p.m. Pacific on Sunday to reach an agreement.
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November 10, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Will these Dodgers ever stop spending? The rags-to-riches franchise'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. The Dodgers might have to spend another $25.7 million to sign seven-time Korean league All-Star Ryu Hyun - jin . They have a 30-day window to negotiate a deal with Ryu, who is represented by agent Scott Boras. If an agreement isn't reached, the Dodgers will be refunded their posting fee. By out-bidding teams such as the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers for the right to persuade Ryu to leave his homeland, the Dodgers made their second significant move in the international market since they were purchased by Guggenheim Baseball.
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November 12, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers could wait until after the winter meetings to decide whether to sign South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, team President Stan Kasten said Monday. The Dodgers paid $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with Ryu. If they do not sign him by Dec. 10, they get their money back. The Dodgers believe Ryu can step into their major league rotation next season, and it is unlikely they would damage their expanded presence in international baseball by failing to sign him. However, according to Kasten, the Dodgers might not determine whether to sign Ryu until after they see what pitchers they can acquire in trade or free agency by the time the winter meetings end Dec. 6. “That's a decision that doesn't have to be made until after the winter meetings are over,” Kasten said.
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April 17, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Next time Hyun-Jin Ryu starts at home, disguise Dodger Stadium. Put a giant Coke bottle beyond left field. Add a pool in center. Slap Petco Park signs in the dugout or something. Anything to make Ryu believe he's pitching on the road, where currently he is invincible. Ryu was at it again Thursday afternoon, holding the Giants scoreless in his seven innings to help the Dodgers salvage the finale of their three-game series at AT&T Park with a 2-1 victory. The Dodgers now return home Friday to begin a 10-game homestand, tied with the Giants for first in the National League West with a 10-6 record.
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April 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
AT THE PLATE: Yasiel Puig started for the first time since Saturday, when he sprained his left thumb diving headfirst into first base. Puig was one for four, as he doubled to left field in the eighth inning and scored on a double by Hanley Ramirez. Puig also scored in the third inning, when he reached base on a fielder's choice. Ramirez was three for four with two doubles and three runs scored. Ramirez is now hitting .310. ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up only two hits and didn't allow a baserunner to get past second base.
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April 11, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
That Hyun-Jin Ryu seen in his outing last week against the Giants? Some kind of hallucination. A strange, hazy mirage. The Ryu the Dodgers knew from last season? He was back in fine form Friday, stifling the Diamondbacks and, along with Adrian Gonzalez's five runs batted in, leading the Dodgers to a 6-0 victory over their pool buddies at Chase Field. Ryu lasted only two innings in his previous start against the Giants, but Friday he simply cruised past the struggling Diamondbacks.
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April 5, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig was late for batting practice and scratched from the lineup, but he wasn't the reason the Dodgers were crushed Friday in their home opener by the San Francisco Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu was. The pitcher the Dodgers leaned on most in the aftermath of Clayton Kershaw's back injury, Ryu lasted only two innings and gave up every one of the runs scored by the Giants in an 8-4 defeat at Dodger Stadium. This was the very antithesis of the first game here last season, when Kershaw not only pitched a shutout against the Giants but also hit a home run in a 1-0 victory.
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March 30, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
SAN DIEGO - What if the Dodgers' rotation actually featured three aces? Three guys for whom most teams would sell their baseball souls? And if they did, would it actually be enough? The Dodgers received seven more scoreless innings from Hyun-Jin Ryu in baseball's Sunday night opener, but he still couldn't pull out the victory when their grand bullpen plan crumbled. When Ryu exited after the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead, the call went to reliever Brian Wilson, who promptly gave up a game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Seth Smith and a two-run single to Chris Denorfia.
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March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - As Brian Wilson recounted his eighth-inning implosion Sunday, he made certain his failures wouldn't obscure something positive that came out of the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Hyun-Jin Ryu was, in Wilson's words, “marvelous.” “As far as a silver lining, that would be it,” Wilson said. BOX SCORE: Padres 3, Dodgers 1 With Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a strained back muscle, the Dodgers called on Ryu to pitch their first game of the season on American soil.
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December 3, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin
NASHVILLE - The Dodgers are making efforts to reestablish their international presence but are becoming uncertain about their chances of signing their top targets from Asia. Talks with South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin are moving very slowly, according to General Manager Ned Colletti. And the Dodgers now think high school flamethrower Shohei Otani could remain in his native Japan instead of signing with a U.S. ballclub. The Dodgers bid $25.7 million to win a league-wide auction for the exclusive right to negotiate with Ryu, a seven-time South Korean league all-star.
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March 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
And the Dodgers' starting pitcher for that other season opener Sunday in San Diego, will be … Hyun-Jin Ryu. With Clayton Kershaw scratched because of a sore back and Ryu having half his big right toe nail removed, the Dodgers were uncertain who would get the start against the Padres when the club resumes its season on the mainland. But Ryu threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session, reported no pain and is now scheduled to start the nationally televised opener. “He had a great camp,” said Manager Don Mattingly.
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March 19, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Hyun-Jin Ryu has traveled not only to the other side of the world, but also back in time. On the Australian All-Star team the Dodgers will face Thursday night is 44-year-old Dae-Sung Koo, a fellow left-hander from whom Ryu learned his best pitch, the changeup. Here to pitch the second game of the Dodgers' two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ryu saw Koo at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this week. When Ryu did, he made it a point to call Koo "sunbae," a Korean term used to show deference to a senior.
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